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Chilkat - Wihl Buun - Mask - Personal
Chilkat - Wihl Buun - Mask - Personal
Chilkat - Wihl Buun - Mask - Personal

Chilkat - Wihl Buun - Mask - Personal

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$16.50
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$16.50
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***Note: All masks print, cut, & sewn in Canada on demand. Expect your order to take 4 - 6 weeks for delivery***

Washable face mask made for long-term use and dozens of washes. My artist information and COVID safety tips are printed inside. Wash and lay flat to dry before use. 

A mask alone, however well built, is not enough to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19. Wash your hands often. Keep your distance. Stay home as much as you can. Thank you for supporting local products and the art of Shar Wilson, Gitxsan Artist, Victoria BC. 

  • Removable nose wire included
  • Pre-shrunk and face-fitting
  • Available in 5 sizes:
    • X-Small = children ages 3-6
    • Small = children ages 7 - 12
    • Medium - average woman/teenager
    • Large - average man
    • X-Large - larger faces with generous head sizes
  • Double layer of heat-treated highly stretch poly interlock (100% polyester).
  • MADE IN CANADA!! :)
  • Featuring Authentic, Indigenous art by Shar Wilson, Gitxsan Artist
  • Many great designs to inspire 

 

Originating from the Gitxsan, the Chilkat robe is now lovingly created by the Tsimshian, Haida, Tlingit, Gitxsan and other Indigenous peoples. These robes made it to other nations via trade and marriage. The original robes were made from approximately 8 pounds of goat fur which was then hand rolled with cedar. This created a sturdy garment that would prove to last generation upon generation. Each robe can take about 9 months to 2.5 years to make. Today, the Chilkat and Ravenstail weaver number below 50 and this is an art that is at risk of becoming extinct.

There is no real definition as to how the artist came up with the forms in this art. I personally studied many robes to try to get a feel for the form and the flow of the art. This is the result. This is my homage to an art form that is so very beautiful and to the weavers of today who have taken on this lifelong journey.

The chilkat art style is also being recreated by foreign companies and sold for profit - culturally appropriated. Please be sure you are buying this art form created and made by an Indigenous person/company.