America, Alaska, Tlingit people, Chilkat / Ceremonial blanket / Late 19th centuryAmerica, Alaska, Tlingit people, Chilkat
Ceremonial blanket
Late 19th century

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Tlingit; Chilkat
Creator Name-CRT: America, Alaska, Tlingit people, Chilkat
Title: Ceremonial blanket
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1875
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: Late 19th century
Object Type: Textiles
Materials and Techniques: mountain-goat wool, cedar bark, commercial yarn
Dimensions: Overall:
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1952.251
Credit Line: The Harold T. Clark Educational Extension Fund
Context: The Tlingit people of southern Alaska are famed for their basketry and for their carved and painted wooden masks and totem poles. The Chilkat group used finger-weaving (weft twining) to produce colorful blankets that were worn as cloaks on important occasions. The design was first painted on a board by a man, then copied by a female weaver. The stylized animals of the pattern depict clan emblems, to be worn by a clan member. Thus the wearing of a Chilkat blanket proclaimed the owner's ancestry as well as his wealth and prestige.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1952.251
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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