A tear in an old rug has discovered a rare article of neighbourhood history.
Researchers with Seattles Burke Museum recently discovered a museum covering containing extinct woolly dog fur.
Woolly dogs were raised by the endemic Coast Salish people for more than a thousand years. The Salish people raised the smaller, long-haired dogs as a source of whisker for textile production. The dogs were raised in confines and stopped from multiplying with other dogs.
The woolly hounds hair was thick, and rotate into yarn in a advanced rehearsal, researchers with the Burke Museum said.
The dogs became extinct less than 150 years after the first European explorers property on the Northwest Coast due to inbreeding, and the prevalence of easier weaving material.
Most objectives containing the rare skin were lost or destroyed, investigates with the museum did. The rug containing such coat would have remained obscure, researchers pronounced, if not for a rip that discovered some of the hair.
As soon as I understood the deflection yarns exposed by the snap, I knew this was an unique rug, said Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa, a Coast Salish spinning expert.
The blanket is make use of numerous different fabrics, including woolly dog fuzz. It is the only object known in a Northwest museum confirmed to be made with the fuzz, researchers said.
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