|Description: A sash, primarily red with some yellow, green blue and white woven into the design possibly knitted. Blue threads are the edging warp. Long twisted fringed with knots on end. |
A scarf is a piece of fabric worn on or near the head or around the neck for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. In cold climates, a thick knitted scarf, often of wool, is tied around the neck to keep warm. This is usually accompanied by a warm hat and heavy coat.
This is a Métis Sash, also called an "Assomption Sash" or in French " Une Ceinture Flêchée" which roughly translated means arrowed belt. It is known as an Assomption Sash because that is the place where the sash was first made, Assomption, QC. The long tassels were used as extra string for sewing and the sash could be used as first aid, saddle, washcloth, etc. The Sash is in itself a mixture of the two nations. The Eastern Natives would use plant fibres weaved together for sashes and taught the European this fine art. The colours also have specific meaning. According to the website listed below the Red signifies the blood spilt fighting the Canadians and others, and "Also one half of the traditional color of our people [the Métis]." White symbolizes "the other half of the traditional color of our people," the colour of the flag, and their connection to the Earth. Blue is the other colour associated with their flag, their spirituality, the sky, and water. Green stands for the forests, and the growth and fertility. Yellow is the colour of sun and the potential prosperity.
Information obtained at: http://www.mmf.mb.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=92&Itemid=60, and http://members.shaw.ca/archeryisme/Metis/Metis%20Sash.htm.