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Sash (ceinture fléchée)

Blue, red, green, yellow and white wool. Created by artisans. The sash has a lightning bolt motif, separated in two over the entirety of it. I is a long sash (3.70m) and has a triangular, fringed finish at either end.

Arrow sashes were made using a technique inspired by a mix of First Nations and French influences. They were traditionally worn as belts and used to secure clothing and packages  to the Coureurs des bois or voyageurs’ bodies. First finger-woven in the Lanaudière region, more specifically in the town of L’Assomption, it was later woven by a loom in England. It was later woven by a loom in England. It consisted of a bartered good exchanged with the First Nations. By the late 19th century, it was an integral part of fashion for habitants* , school boys and snowshoers alike. Even the bourgeoisie and the noblemen shared  in the enthusiasm for the sashes and had wider, more luxurious versions made for themselves. These were called «grandes ceintures» or «large belts».

*French Canadians living in rural Québec.

Anonymous gift RA-1975-L1-25