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Debra Sparrow© "Ten" Northwest Native Throw Blanket
Debra Sparrow "Ten" Woven Cotton Throw Blanket. In Salish "Ten" means Mother. The original version was woven as a wall hanging in collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Reproduced as a throw blanket under license from the Museum of Anthropology and royalties from the sale of this blanket are used by the Museum to promote Native heritage.
The striking range of geometric repeats woven in "Ten" symbolize the many life events and accomplishments of the designers, Debra and Robyn Sparrow. Dedicated in honor of their mother, whose strength and wisdom has helped guide them through their many achievements.
Fringed cotton throw in single layer tapestry design. Faux suede lasered patch in tan that highlights this is a licensed design. Complemented with hang tag telling artist story and about the blanket.
The woven designs of Debra and Robyn Sparrow integrate the rich history and culture of the Coast Salish people.
Size: 52” x 68”
Artist: Debra Sparrow
Content: 100% Cotton, Jacquard Woven
Care Instructions: Recommended dry cleaning but can be hand washed in cold, separately. Hang to dry. Do not bleach.
Origin: USA Made.
About The Artist:
"Everything I do is a reflection of my people. The ancestors speak to me through this creative gift. I, in turn, share it with you and others who take the time to stop and ask the questions - Reflections, traditional designs, contemporary colors... ." Debra Sparrow
Debra is a self-taught Musqueam designer who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. She integrates her peoples' history into her art and design work which can be seen in various museums and institutions. It is Debra's hope to educate others about the beauty and integrity of her people's history through her art.
Debra is an acclaimed weaver who has been weaving for twenty years and is deeply involved with the revival of Musqueam weaving. Debra and her sister, known as the Sparrow Sisters, felt a need to find their roots; they wanted to know what their place was in the world.
They decided that their path to this knowledge was through traditional crafts. Debra chose to pursue jewelry making, but later found herself involved more and more with weaving. Debra and her sister organized a local group of Musqueam weavers who wove traditional blankets. They were inspired by an old blanket passed down in their family. Now Debra is involved with the commercial production of blanket designs in clothing as well as blankets.