Cattail Weaving

Teacher: Brigette McConville | Date: Sat, 09.21 , 10am-4pm | Location: SE Division Studio
Tuition: $175 | Materials: $25

A common sight along the edges of ponds and marshes, cattail is a tall, reedy plant that plays an important role in wetland ecology and has special value to NW Native people as a weaving material. More info...

Tradition keeper, artist, and cultural anthropologist with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Brigette McConville will lead students through traditional techniques for constructing a Cattail basket, drawing on the gathering and weaving traditions of the Warm Springs, Wasco & Northern Paiute peoples. Within these cultures, cattail baskets have been used as functional vessels for storage and gathering, and for ceremonial and decorative purposes such as the presentation of gifts or occasionally, as the gift itself.

In this one-day workshop, students will cut, measure, soak and prepare cattail leaves for use in weaving, and create a small round cattail basket using twining techniques. Brigette will guide students through the process from start to finishing the basket rim. A selection of dyed cattail and raffia will be provided for incorporating color, pattern and variety into the Cattail baskets.

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