Copper Child is Lily’s first Ravenstail ensemble, which took many years to complete. The robe, apron, and headdress all share the same original design by Lily, called Shaman Eyes, a modification of the ancient lightening pattern. The Shaman Eyes pattern is published in the Ravenstail Guild’s book of designs, available through www.nwcoastweaverssupply.com.
The tunic piece was woven by Clarissa Rizal, Lily’s first teacher, and mother.Materials used in Copper Child include thigh-spun merino wool warp, Louet brand 100% wool weft yarns, sea otter fur, rabbit fur on tunic, and copper cones on every warp fringe. This ensemble fits children ages 4-7.
Copper Child took First Place Traditional in Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Juried Art Show, 2012, and is now in their permanent collection.
Lily’s second weaving ensemble is Little Watchman, a child size (6 year old) Chilkat weaving and mother-of-pearl outfit, complete with headdress, apron, leggings, wool jacket with woven epaulets, and a whistle! This ensemble uses .22 magnum bullet shells for fringe finishing, similar to what is seen on some ancient robes’ fringe. This ensemble is on display at the Fralin Museum of Art, Virginia, May- October 2018.
Lily finished her first full-size Chilkat Robe May 31, 2017, which was over 1700 hours in the making, beginning in January 2016.
Sealaska Heritage Institute posted a blog post about the ‘cutting off the loom’ ceremony held in the Shuka Hit Clan House on May 30th, 2017. The following day, Mike Murawski, of the Portland Art Museum, hand carried the robe to its permanent home.