|Raven's Tail Robe that was woven by my Daughter Carrie Anne Vanderhoop Bellis|
Raven's Tail is an Ancient Technique of Weaving Chief Robes
|Close up detail of Raven's Tail remnant at University of Pennsylvania|
|David Boxley wearing Raven's Tail edged robe - naaxiin apron and leggings woven by Evelyn Vanderhoop|
Robe Weaving Progress~~ FIRST IN TWO CENTURIES
Rolf Bettner discovered our project and asked if he could document our progress. He said he was free lancing for the Museum of Civilization and we thought that would be a good thing to have our weaving progress documented. The following photos are what he shot during that time.
Three fourths through the robe, I had to leave for a potlatch in Metlakatla. My mother completed it and it went to the collector. Robert Davidson wore it during his wedding ceremony to Terri Lynn Williams in Skidegate. Robert also was the first to dance it during its bringing out at Celebration in Juneau, Alaska.
I hope you enjoy the following photos of a robes emerging from yarn to mantle.
|Spinning the wool. By the time we were at the last day of spinning my hand was raw and broke skin.|
|Delores Churchill, the master weaver, is calculating the pattern count and drawing and grafting the designs. I am learning a lot about the math of a robe.|
|Johnny Bennet made our loom. He painted it and everything.We laid a sheet down to keep our ends clean. We also put booties on the warp ends too.|
|The beginning of the spiral weft design is very tricky. Carrie Anne came over from Martha's Vinyard to assist us with the multiple switching that need to be done on these sides.|
|The concentric design is on its way. At this point the ground twining has to be made very straight and the space between each row must be made even. Braiding and spiral wefts must be continued. There is many things to remember.|
|We are now rolling the top up and right in the middle of the robe.|
|Robert Davidson dancing the completed robe at Celebration in Juneau AK.|