Chilkat Blanket

The Chilkat blanket, associated with the Chilkat (a northern band of Tlingit), was traded along the Northwest Coast. The blanket was made of mountain goat wool spun over a core of cedar-bark string. The men hunted the goat, constructed the frame on which the weaving was done and painted the design board from which the women, who did the weaving, took the design. The design often represents an animal (such as a bear), but is reordered and modified through complex principles. Representing the high point of weaving in NORTHWEST COAST NATIVE ART, these blankets are almost always black, white, yellow and blue.