Cowichan

Cowichan is Canada. For over 150 years, the native Coast Salish people of Vancouver Island have created these distinctively patterned, hand-knit sweaters, toques (hats), mitts, and socks.  Each piece of Coast Salish Indian clothing is unique, incorporating a mixture of traditional designs of animals, birds, sea creatures, and geometric shapes.  

The Cowichan knitting is a very old traditional art form; and over the decades these hand knitted sweaters have become well known for their beauty and expert craftsmanship. The Coast Salish Aboriginal knitting represents historically the extraordinary resourcefulness, creativity, and adaptability of the people of the Coast Salish Tribes.

Amos & Andes is keeping the Canadian Cowichan sweater tradition alive. Due to a shortage of First Nations knitters, we have sourced Canadian yarn and Canadian knitters in an effort to keep up with demand. 

This beautiful art form is still used culturally in the winter dances of the Coast Salish longhouses, and have been seen worn by people from all walks of life, including Prime ministers, Presidents, and members of the British Royal family.