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KilbellaVintage's Shop Announcement

Kilbella Vintage is proud to carry Cowichan - White Buffalo & Chinook Knitting Patterns.

These sweaters made from pure unspun wool are truly a Canadian Symbol and recognized the world over.

We called them Buffalo sweaters because of the Buffalo Brand yarn used to make them, which was in fact not buffalo fiber at all but sheep's wool. These sweaters are also referred to as Indian, Siwash, Mary Maxim sweaters, the original iconic sweater was developed by the Coast Salish people in the early 1900's and is now known as the Cowichan Sweater.

Authentic Cowichan Sweaters are produced by Canada's West Coast Salish Natives in the Cowichan Valley.

The women of the Coast Salish learned how to knit and adapted their experience with the heritage of Fair Isle and Noridc knitting to create their own unique designs. They made practical sweaters incorporating designs that were familiar to them.

These sweaters were once used for fishermen, loggers and hunters. These symbols remain today as some of the most popular designs made with White Buffalo yarn.

I hope you enjoy these traditional native motif sweaters.