Friday, October 9, 2009

Cowichan Sweater Gate: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

By Lisa Ovens

                                            Cowichan sweater and purse (below(  photos: Hills Native Arts

It’s is a little sad to hear a Vancouver Island Native Arts company lost out on the bid to supply beautiful traditional sweaters to our Canadian Olympic Team and Officials. But that’s big business for you. You win some, you lose some.

However, Hills Native Arts has scored some valuable face time in the media, and people are talking about this story. This could mean more sales for Cowichan sweaters and accessories. I spent some time on their website, and for only $30.00, fans of the look can order the cute Cowichan knitted purse (shown below).

The website is outfitted with an online store, and plenty of crafts to browse. So if you are feeling like you want to support the First Nations business community, check out the website and find yourself something special to wear this winter.

Hills Native Arts

If you'd like to learn more about the Cowichan Valley region on Vancouver Island, please visit some of the following websites:

Cowichan Valley Reginal District Tourism

Cowichan Valley Photos

Vancouver Island Tourist Information
                                                                                             Along with a rich First Nations history, the Valley is home to many wineries, farms and outdoor recreation activities. Yours truly toured the wine country on a bicycle a few years back, and that definitely is great way to experience the Cowichan Valley.

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