Starting with the trade of materials from Europe in the late 18th century, Cherokee and other Southeastern Woodland fingerweaving thrived. The technique used, called open face or flat braiding, was typically done with one color of fine wool in an oblique pattern. Beads, usually white, were woven into the weaving making patterns along the oblique line. All weaving is 100% wool and glass size 10 beads.
Ebb and Flow. Oblique fingerwoven sash and bandolier bag set. Wool, glass, freshwater pearl. This piece incorporates pre-European contact mound-builder water motifs. I wanted to capture the beauty and importance of water, because without water, there would be no life. Best of Class Textiles, 2019 Cherokee Art Market
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This piece of Southeastern Woodland Fingerweaving is a statement of my heritage that holds a special place in my heart.
Around the same time my Cherokee ancestors were doing this style of weaving, the Dress Act was being enforced in Scotland, prohibiting my Scottish ancestors from wearing the kilt and other traditional clothing.
Many generations later, my rich family trees merged, and I enjoy merging their art forms. The colors I chose are from the Graham tartan. My Graham ancestors had to flee Scotland and reverse the spelling of their name, creating the Maharg family.
I imagine a beautiful wedding with a Cherokee bride and Scottish groom. He would be proudly wearing a kilt, tartan, and brooch.