The Métis Sash. The history as well as purposes of the sash . The Métis Sash. The Sash is a symbol of pride for many Métis people.
The history as well as purposes of the sash
A top quality sash, using 300 to 400 fine waxed woolen threads, usually took about 200 hours to complete. A lower quality sash made from around 100 thicker woolen threads could be made in 70-80 hours.
The sash has many interconnected threads. The main colours are: red, blue, black, white, and yellow. Red represents the historical colour of the sash whereas blue and white represents the Métis flag. Green represents growth and prosperity whereas black signifies the dark period of Métis history where Métis people suffered dispossession and suppression.
Traditionally Sashes were individualized, families and communities would often design and develop their own pattern and colours. Oftentimes a person could identify a strangers home community by their sash.
Métis communities often honour the social, cultural, or political contributions of talented Métis by awarding them the “Order of the Sash.”
Awarding the sash is a means of expressing the preserving Métis identity and culture, while striving toward self-determination.