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 Star 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 Morning (Mourning) Star Blanket is an interpretation of the celestial body Venus and its significance to the Salish people — a reminder of loved ones that have gone before them.
“The Morning (Mourning) Star is brightest just before the day breaks and the night slips away. It is then we look up and are reminded of our loved ones who have gone before us. A peace comes over us and once again we are connected with our history. While some cultures believe in forgetting the past . . . as First Nations, we are taught . . . never to forget our past.”
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.