As part of the Share Your Culture/Share Your Research Winter Series, Laine Rinehart (Tlingit) will give a Zoom-only presentation on Chilkat weaving and share a visual update on their robe-in-progress from the loom. To attend, visit www.zoom.com and input meeting ID: 878 6155 6757 and passcode: Rinehart.
Further description from Laine Rinehart, Tlingit (they, them, theirs):
Chilkat weaving has been practiced by many tribes along the Northwest Coast, both historically and in modern times, with many weavers contributing to the growth of this unique textile art form. Unique in its adaptation of Northwest Coast formline into a curvilinear weaving form, it is an in-depth technique which tells clan histories and stories and often is representative of clan crests.
This conversation will include a history of Chilkat Weaving, its origin, how this style of weaving has traveled, and how it continues to spread across different tribes. Additionally, the artist will share the Chilkat robe that they were weaving as an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in June of 2021. Further discussion will revolve around the preparation of mountain goat wool, from the hide to weft yarns and the spinning of warp, in order to prepare for the actual weaving of a robe. Finally, they will examine the differences between mountain goat wool and merino wool for the dye and spinning process.