Shopping for Cowichan sweaters.
Misssionary sisters are credited with teaching the women to knit in the 1860s. Their highly original designs come from many sources: kitchen oilcloth, linoleum, commercial Indian blankets.
In recent years, the product has been changing for the better to meet market demands. Many knitters use high-grade, machine-carded wool which they handspin. Prices average about $100. You'll also find socks, mittens, and toques.
But beware of copies; some are machine-made in Japan, while others are handknitted in Western Canada. An authentic Cowichan is knitted in the round and has set-in sleeves but no side seams.
Along with nearly all branches of Hudson's Bay Company, the following British Columbia shops carry genuine articles. They accept mail orders; call for prices. Area code is 604.
Cowichan Bay. Betty White Gifts, 748-8541.
duncan. Hill's Indian Crafts, 685-4249 (also stores in Vancouver, Victoria, and Nanaimo).
Vancourver. Eatons, 701 Granville Street, 685-7112. Heritage Canada, 650 W. Georgia, 669-2447.
Victoria. Cowichan Trading Company, 1328 Government Street, 383-0321. Longhouse Gallery, 906 Gordon Street, 388-7323. Sasquatch Indian Sweater Shop 1233 Government Street, 386-9033.
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