Is quill­work art?

Kayak (Canada) - - YOURSTORY -

Imag­ine col­lect­ing por­cu­pine quills (ouch!), dry­ing and sort­ing them and dy­ing them us­ing berries or roots. Then use a sharp­ened bone to punch holes in leather and sew the quills into gor­geous de­signs. Sound like a lot of work to make some­thing pretty? Well, First Na­tions and Metis peo­ple have done quill­work for hun­dreds and hun­dreds of years. They dec­o­rated bas­kets, boots, vests, hats, leg­gings, shirts and more. Many tal­ented peo­ple still do this dif­fi­cult quill­work to con­tinue their her­itage and cre­ate beau­ti­ful, mean­ing­ful things.

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