Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Royal baby gets moccasins from local artisan

  • Print

EDNA Nabess has stitched together a special connection between Manitoba and the royal baby.

The Winnipeg artisan has handcrafted a pair of tiny traditional moccasins for George Alexander Louis, who arrived earlier this month. The baby booties were sent to Windsor Castle by Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo as part of a gift for the latest addition to the royal family.

The package also included pairs of mukluks for Prince William and Kate Middleton, Nabess said.

"Definitely it's a big deal. I'm excited to be a part of it," she offered from her Cree-ations store on Main Street on Monday. "And it's not only us here at the shop that's going to benefit from it. Other people involved in the craftwork will see more attention for their work, too.

"We're just a little business here."

The moccasins for Prince George were beaded and stitched together by hand and made from deer hide, which is a lot softer for a baby's skin than moose or cow leather. The mukluks, which retail for approximately $600, are moose hide and feature a beaver fur lining.

Nabess says she's noticed the traditional moccasins and mukluks have found their way into cities around the world over the last few years. She doubts she'll see pictures of William and Kate traipsing around Piccadilly Circus or Camden Market through London's damp weather, though.

These boots are not made for walking in the rain.

"Oh goodness, no they don't -- they do not hold up in the rain," Nabess laughed. "It might be an issue for them there. They don't do well in the rain or the slushy snow. People always think they can wear them in the rain. When it's dry and when it's really cold -- that's when you wear them."

This isn't the first time Nabess has watched her work go international. She's also shipped handcrafted mukluks to Scotland, Australia, Serbia and Belgium.

adam.wazny@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 30, 2013 B2

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Rumor's 30th Anniversary with Mike Wilmot, Darryl Lenox, Dave Hemstad & Derek Edwards

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009
  • A baby Red Panda in her area at the Zoo. International Red Panda Day is Saturday September 15th and the Assiniboine Park Zoo will be celebrating in a big way! The Zoo is home to three red pandas - Rufus, Rouge and their cub who was born on June 30 of this year. The female cub has yet to be named and the Assiniboine Park Zoo is asking the community to help. September 14, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Would you visit Dalnavert Museum if it reopened?

View Results

Ads by Google