Granted Fall ’09 Cowichan-inspired legwarmers – cuuute!
I have been lusting after a Cowichan sweater these past few seasons. Unfortunately I only seem to come across the ones from TNA at Aritzia. I just can’t get over their logo in the Cowichan design, however I like the snug fit of their sweaters. Their is Granted clothing in Vancouver that makes some wicked designs, but are a little pricey because they are all hand made in Vancouver and use 100% pure new wool, merino wool and possum-blend wool.
They originally hailed from the Coast Salish people of southern Vancouver Island who have produced these sweaters for nearly a century. Although they were weaving before European contact, once knitting was introduced they began to produce these warm sweaters and making a fashion classic from the Cowichan Valley.
Although I found some online stores selling authentic Cowichan sweaters, none that were visually appealing website designs that had modern styling and a modern take on them. It would be great if there was a young Native designer that would fill this niche – and maybe even produce a design in a cashmere hoodie – now that I would be all over!