The Bearclaw Gallery carries an extensive inventory of Moosehair Tufting. Below are some samples of works that you can find displayed, but you will find much more available in the gallery. Feel free to contact us for more information.
Centuries ago the Cree people of Northern Alberta and the Dene people of the Northwest Territory used Moose Hair Tufting as the primary method of decorating their attire.
The use of hair in ornamentation represent one of the most beautiful crafts indigenous to the Aboriginal people of these areas. This craft requires a skilled hand, hard work and much patience – qualities reflected in the culture itself. Traditional material and methods, combined with some contemporary adaptations have brought meaning and vitality to this art form.
At one time there were only 12 native women in the north working in the medium, now young people are encouraged to learn this ancient handicraft.