Chilkat blanket design Sterling silver on copper Bracelet, Paddy Seaweed
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Another incredible piece of jewelry art by a master jeweler from the First Nations of Vancouver Island, BC
Sterling silver on copper Bracelet - showing the Chilkat blanket design
How creative, how unique and how impressive - truly fabulous art by Paddy Seaweed, a member of the Kwakiulth (Kwakwaka'wakw) First Nation.
This is solid!! Very heavy and strong, have a look at the details and the various characters and symbols. Very special.
Weight: 88 gr (!!!)
Measurements: 6 1/4" circumference + 1 1/4" opening, 2" high
A little history: The Chilkat blanket, associated with the Chilkat (a northern band of Tlingit), was traded along the Northwest Coast. The art of Chilkat Blanket weaving originated with the Tsimshian people (near Wrangell) but later spread to the Tlingits through trade and marriage. The Chilkat Tlingits (near Haines) who developed their own design style became the best and most copious weavers. These blankets were highly sought by northwest coast Indian nobility long before the first explorers came to this region. The patterns were a highly stylized form of art often representing clan symbols and natural forms in an abstract geometric pattern. Animals were portrayed as if sliced down the center and laid out flat. The small circles are ball and socket joints. Eyes were often used as space fillers. The men designed the pattern and painted the abstract figures on a wooden “pattern board.” As the blanket was bilateral, only half the pattern was painted in life-size dimensions. The blanket pattern could be interpreted in a variety of ways, however only the man who designed the blanket knew the true legend”
Note: Wearing copper jewelry can cause your skin to turn green due to chemical reactions. To prevent it coat your jewelry with clear nail polish and keep away from water.