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lime grass

The grass used in weaving from the Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Sanikiluaq region is referred to as lime grass and grows on the Hudson Bay coastline. Generally, the larger baskets made in the stronger thicker grass are being produced in the southern communities of Inukjuak, Umiujaq, Kuujjuaraapik and Sanikiluaq. Whereas the more northern communities of Puvirnituuq, Akulivik, Ivujivik and Sugluk, tend to produce smaller more delicate baskets in a finer thinner grass found in the surrounding area. The grass is picked after the snow has melted as it is then moist and pliable. There are two methods of weaving, the first the braiding of grass strands to form different patterns similar to many Indian tribes to the south. The second more common technique used by the Inuit is described as the sewing of grass coils. Strands of grass are stitched tightly around a grass coil foundation which must be kept at an even thickness then the walls are built up in spirals row after row in a coil form. Often heart and diamond designs are stitched into the baskets using dehaired sealskin, dyed grass or brightly coloured waxen linen cord as accents in the patterning decoration. Many of the tight fitting basket lids are topped with intricate carvings made from steatite, antler or ivory, which are lashed on to form handles. The sculptures were traditionally made by the weaver’s husband. Many of these bigger baskets can be very complex in their patterning and take many months to complete.

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Spirit Wrestler Gallery

101-1669 West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6J 1K1

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