The Featured Native design is the Owl in a Pacific Northwest Art Style
Native American Reproduction
Designed and Handloomed by Sharon Nani ~ a Non Native and owner of The Knit Tree
Common features which are used in the "The Owl" are the form line which defines all the parts. Inner designs of the head use the Ovoid for the eye orbit, crescents and trigons defining facial symbols. The Body is accented with S shapes to represent the ribs and black crescents to show feathers. The wings have split U, trigon, ovoid and crescents. The Tail Feathers also consists of split U, trigon, and crescents. The owl is encircled by 4 trigons with the inner curves forming on oval. The edges of the shawl are bordered by a geometric basket design called Stairway to Heaven or Ladders to the Sky.
This interpretation of "Owl" is designed and hand loomed by Sharon Nani ~ Non Native Artisan ~ with the deepest of respect for the culture of the Pacific Northwest Indian Nations.
Some Indian Nations say that The Owl was revered (honored) as being the guardian of the after-life - a highly respected emblem indeed. In California, a member of the Cahto and Covelo tribes said the owl was an omen or warning that something was going to happen.
You can find more various symbolic meanings on the web site of the owl. In many tribes the owl has a sinister meaning. In the Northwest, it was said that the owl calls out the names of men and women who will die soon. Among the Sioux, Hin-Han the owl guards the entrance to the Milky Way over which the souls of the dead must pass to reach the spirit land. Those who fail the owl's inspection because they do not have the proper tattoo on their wrists or elsewhere are thrown into the bottomless abyss. Do your own search and find out more about the owl depicted on this special dance shawl.
The Art of the Pacific Northwest Indian Nations is a unique art style all of its own. The different graphic shapes are used to interpret different body parts and characteristics for each animal drawing dependant upon the region. These are harder to depict in a knitwear design where the sutle curves and definite lines must fit in smaller spaces with rectangular shaped knit stitches.
- Hand Loomed for Quality Workmanship and Personal Care
- Select fabric below High Grade Acrylic for Superior Quality and econonomical price or our finest merino wool for a heirloom keepsake.
- See dance shawl intro page for care instructions
- Design: Motif: Owl bordered by a variation of Stairway to Heaven or Ladders to the Sky
- Size: : Approx. 38" x 60"
- Select Fringe Length 10" or 18"
COLOR OPTIONS FOR
Dance ShawlsDIRECTIONS FOR SELECTING YOUR CUSTOM COLORS:
You can only make 'color substitutes for the template as pictured". Use Color Names from our Yarn Color Chart. The colors are different dependent upon your yarn fiber choice.
Refer to the the Merino Wool chart if you choose a Merino Yarn under OPTIONS
Click Here is see a View of the available Merino Wool color choices in our yarn chart with the color names
Refer to the Acrylic Yarn Chart if you choose an Acrylic Yarn
Click Here is see a View of the available Acrylic color choices in our yarn chart with the color names
Main Image on top is shown in a acrylic fiber. Note any of the 2 color blankets can have fringe added to form the dance shawl version.
- Color 1 is the Main or background color: Grey in our sample
- Color 2 is the Owl Design: Black in our sample
- The fringe is in Color 2: Black in our sample