The Featured Native design is Sitting Bear in a Pacific Northwest Art Style
Native American Reproduction
Designed and Handloomed by Sharon Nani ~ a Non Native and owner of The Knit Tree
This hand loomed Dance Shawl features the Native American design the Sitting Bear in the Pacific Northwest Art Style. It is handloomed in traditional colors: Black and Red There are many online web sites that describe their interpretation of the meaning of different cultural symbols. www.quwutsun.ca/symbols.html says: "Each animal that we have in our culture has its own special meaning; we connect ourselves to these animals because they have similar symbolisms to our own personality" ~ " Bear symbolizes consistency and stability of action, has the ability to discover the inner truth about oneself, and has great self awareness, with a desire to deliberate about choices and actions." Search the web for sites that share these cultural meanings of the totems and many mythology legends involving the bear.
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.
Common features which are used in the "Sitting Bear" are the black formline which defines all the parts. Inner designs of the head use the Ovoid for the eye orbit, crescents and trigons defining facial symbols. Split U shapes separate the head from the body. Follow the Bear's leg and foot shapes as seveal ovoids, split U's, trigons, and crescents surrounded by the black formline divide the legs from the rest of the body. Our Sitting Bear interpretation is sitting under a tree shaped trigon with three crescent leaves.
The edges of the blanket are bordered by a geometric PNW basket design of Pine Trees with Pine Cones.
- 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: Sitting Bear bordereds by Pine Trees and Cones
- 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 graphic format. 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: Red in our sample
- Color 2 is the Sports Tattoo Design: Black in our sample
- The fringe is in Color 2: Black in our sample