– Not the moccasins your kookum would make you, but a beautiful selection nonetheless, and you have to check out their ‘Story boots’!  Real leather, real fur, and something they call a ‘vibram sole’ that I am very much looking forward to trying out…I’ll write a more thorough review once I’ve walked a mile in these mukluks…

Update: oh.  my.  YES.  These mukluks are so incredibly comfortable, I’m basically living in them.  I think I’m going to leave my man for them.  Move over baby, my mukluks need room on the pillow!

-Beautiful handmade crafts and clothing of all kinds, made by Tlicho artisans!  I just stumbled across this site, and I’m already mentally spending all my money!  The beading is so very Dene in style.  Awesome stuff!

– This Alberta Métis creates custom order moccasins and “Métis couture” as well as jewellery and beaded art.  Well made, beautiful, and reasonably priced considering the amount of work that goes into these creations!

– More incredible crafts coming out of the NWT…you should check out the beaver fur hats with rabbit fur trim (ENVY!)!!!

– Another fantastic example of how we can use technology to support aboriginal traditions and ensure our spectacularly talented artisans can actually make a living!

– Briony Goddard is the woman behind Mousetrap Clothiers out of Lacombe, Alberta.  She beads and designs Métis-style beadwork and has used a number of designs by Christi Belcourt.  She does do custom orders as well.

– hand made designs, both traditional and modern.

UPDATE: As of Nov. 25 the site is back up in time for xmas!  Unfortunately, very few of the designs are now available 😦

– t-shirts with Cree, Dene, Inuktitut and Ojibwe writing…these are some of my favourite items of clothing ever and I wish that there were many, many more to choose from.  It could become a reality if this aboriginal-owned business gets more interest…

– I came across Native Bebe at the Odawa pow-wow.  I really like their logo.  They were selling cradle-boards and moss-bags as well as regalia and t-shirts, etc.

2 Responses to Artisans/Clothing

  1. Jackie Lynne says:

    Hi Lisa, My name’s Jackie and I’m a Metis woman living in Vancouver. Both of us on either side of this country. I love your work. I will be back to visit when I can take more time to see your beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you so very much.

  2. Tara says:

    Hi Lisa,
    My name is Tara and I’m the marketing manager for Manitobah Mukluks. Thank you for featuring us on your list of artisans/fashion brands! We’re really proud to say we’re Aboriginal-owned and made in Canada so we appreciate the support. I’d love to chat with you more and send you a personal thanks. Thanks again!

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