November 4, 2009

HBC's Olympic collection: Cowichan or Cowichan-styled sweaters

Team Canada's Cowichan sweaters WILL be a hit.

But as I mentioned in my look at the collection, I cautiously used the term "Cowichan-styled" to describe the garment. I wrote:

"However, I couldn't confirm if the suppliers are Cowichan knitters. So, it's more accurate to describe it as a Cowichan-styled sweater."

And it's a good thing. Cowichan Knitters are not happy with the cultural appropriation of the form. Read about it in a local Cowichan paper here.

Thanks to blog reader, Con, for the link.

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