Artifact of the Week: Mat Creaser

What do you think this was used for?

Who made it, and who would have used it?



Answers:

What do you think this was used for?

This is a mat creaser, used to weave large mats out of cattails. An example of the process can be seen in this video, and a similar process with cedar in the video below.

Who made it, and who would have used it?

It was made and used by women of the Swinomish Indian Tribe. It was donated to the Karshner Center in 1935.



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