Traditional finger woven sashes have a long history of use with Native peoples in North America. The technique created trump-lines for carrying burdens and other useful household articles. Plant fibers were used prior to the introduction of wool; wool and the sash as an article of clothing were introduced to the Eastern Woodland people by European traders and Jesuits looking to convert. The French/Metis settlers of Quebec created the colorful Assomption variation of the finger woven sash, a popular trade item created in the villages of L’Assomption, Quebec known in the West as the Cienture Flechee. Worn by the Eastern Woodland Indians as a sign of office in the 19thc. and worn also by the French Canadian's during to the Lower Canada rebellion of 1837. They were worn about the waist, with the knots tied in the back. Into these sashes were stuffed: knives, hatchets, and the ever-present tobacco pouches. This sash dates to the first half of the 19th century, done in brightly colored hues in the traditional arrow or lightning bolt motif. Found in an old estate in Boston, Massachusetts. In fine antique condition, with loss to fringe and some small areas of wear.
Measures 70″ x by 6″ with 18″ fringe.