About Cowichan Sweaters
Ireland and Scandinavia are famous for traditional, hand knit sweaters, but the Great White North has its own rich knitwear traditions. The Cowichan sweater hails from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and it can easily rival cozy woolen creations from Norway or Scotland. The technique blends traditional Coast Salish weaving with European knitting styles and techniques to produce sweaters with intricate patterns. Like champagne or Harris tweed, true Cowichan sweaters are the products of a specific place and people. The Cowichan First Nations people hand dye and spin the yarn, and then hand knit the sweaters with care to produce one-of-a-kind creations that you can wear and cherish for years. Popular motifs include orcas, ravens, bison, snowflakes, and deer. The traditional design is a cardigan style with an open front, but you can also find sweater vests and pullover styles. Some designers and clothing manufacturers who love the look also replicate some of the techniques and designs, but the handmade originals still stand out as works of art. If you cannot make the trip to Vancouver Island, you can find plenty of women's and men's Cowichan sweaters in the large inventory on eBay.