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A festival for artisans

Weekend workshops focus on traditional Métis textiles

Posted: 02/22/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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I am a true believer that it is possible to dress fashionably during the winter -- you just need to know how to stylize your outerwear with fun and, most importantly, fashionable accessories.

This is an easy task for this fashionista, especially during Festival du Voyageur.

Last weekend, I was super-excited to check out the first winter fashion show in the 'Peg -- Fashion on Ice. If you didn't have an opportunity to go this year, I highly recommend donning your parka and Sorels for this event next year.

It truly was a celebration of winter in Winterpeg -- Festival du Voyageur style. Think stylized Capots, sleek modern leather and furs, cute overcoats and matching muffs -- perfect for those of you who want to add a little pizzazz to your winter ensemble.

Myself, I love a great statement piece -- like gorgeous fur-trimmed mitts or a great winter hat, but perhaps my favourite is the new Ceinture Fléchée, especially created for Festival du Voyageur.

Designed by local Métis company Etchiboy, this vibrant sash is woven using ethically sourced yarn from the Quechula Indians in Peru. And unlike the traditional Québécois-style sash that is commonly seen around the city during the festival, this one was custom-designed for the festival's 45th anniversary and is unique to Winnipeg.

The Festival du Voyageur really has embraced fashion for their 45th -- first the creation of the custom-made sash and the first-ever outdoor fashion show. This weekend, a bunch of textile and artisan workshops will be held for the fashionista at heart.

Festival-goers who show a keen interest in what's going on will get a "golden ticket" to take part in one of the workshops, such as Métis-beading, sash-weaving, natural textile-dying, knitting and Métis-style mittens.

All of the workshops and demonstrations are taking place right in the Festival du Voyageur park on the second floor of the Maison du Bourgeois -- a fabulous venue for some fascinating workshops. But don't wait till the last minute if you are planning on attending -- space is limited and the workshops are sure to fill up quickly.

 

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following?

Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion@hotmail.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 22, 2014 D13

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