Kanata’s Artist Series endeavors to capture both the traditional and contemporary designs of our artists with licensing programs that give back to the artist, the organization and the community. An ideal way to celebrate any trip to the North West is with the River Ripples Cotton Throw blanket, an item that is unique to this region and carries much significance in the Indigenous community.
The woven designs of Debra and Robyn Sparrow integrate the rich history and culture of the Coast Salish peoples.
The Musqueam people have lived in their present location for thousands of years, and they have a deep connection to the Fraser River and its surrounding waters. To the Musqueam, the “Keepers of the River,” the Fraser river was a highway. Long before the first ships appeared on the horizon, the Musqueam used their River as a means of transportation. They paddled their canoes from village to village and across the waters to Vancouver Island. As the canoes glided over the top of the River, their paddles dug deep, and as they lifted them out of the water, they left behind ripples that turned into waves. The women then wove the beautiful patterns created by these ripples in the water on the blankets that clothed them. The image of “River Ripples” recreates these designs, connecting once more to the waters that are so much a part of Musqueam heritage.
Fringed cotton throw in single-layer tapestry design. 100% cotton. Faux suede lasered patch in tan that highlights this is a licensed design. Complemented with hang tag telling artists’ story and about the blanket.
About the Artists
The Sparrow Sisters have been continually inspired by their ancestors’ strength, creativity and intelligence. Debra and Robyn Sparrow have been creating Salish weavings for over 20 years. Debra is a self-taught Musqueam designer who was born and raised on the Musqueam Reserve. She integrates her peoples’ history into her art and design work. It is Debra’s hope to educate others about the beauty and integrity of her people’s history through her art.