The Tsíin Salmon Kimono is a cursory nod to the traditional Japanese kimono esthetic. The back is shape fitted yet the front can hang loose, (a column of elegance), tied in front (a bow of delight) or wrapped back (sleek and active).
The Kimono is the most versatile of all Yáahl, G̱úud, Tsai structures. A quick piece to dramatize a simple dress, give class to jeans, cover arms in the sun. Washable, dryable, packable, uncreasable. Made from discarded curtain sheer roll ends.
The Smock, with its delicate triple collar, is simple, elegant and light. One button and you are ready to go. In front, your silhouette can be seen through the printed scrim of hlG̱áhl/black brush strokes and resisted moons; a mysterious vision in the deep waters. On the back, two salmon are printed with the sun (k’úuk heart dot) reflected. As the smock swings, the pleat responds and the tsíin swims.
The Smock is Yáahl,Gúud,Tsai’s most popular garment. Flattering on every shape and size, it can transform any outfit. Pair with a fitted short or long dress, leggings or jeans, summer shorts or evening gown. Winterize it with boots and a long sleeved top to contrast its flow with fitted texture or wear it to the pool over your bathing suit!
Travels light and small, does not wrinkle and the pleat in the back is permanent, animating the Tsíin to swim wherever you go.
Colour as shown.
G̱án ḵ’aldangáagang! It’s amazing!
Ts’úu íist uu tlaawhlgáagang. It’s made out of red cedar. The Puffy Coat has serious Japanese influence; simple, elegant, no unnecessary parts. No angry corners. ‘Woven cedar’ printed on the coat exterior mimics cedar strips the Haida weave into clothing, baskets and hats.
Áa uu G̱ántl íijang. Here is some water. The lining of the coat is G̱uhlahl/jade with clear dots to represent water bubbles.
A Leonardo spine down the center back represents where we are all the same; a talisman of strength. Hlḵ’yáan ḵ’úst’aan Frog is printed on the collar and Tsiin Salmon is on the back. Cuddly, washable, warm, two ties and you are off.
Colour as shown.
Known as the trickster, transformer and creator, Yáahl shapes itself and the world around it with spontaneous aplomb, often creating mischief. Ravens love shiny things.
Known as a spiritual guide that provides connection to a higher realm, Guud represents strength of character, courage and healing power. Eagles mate for life and are fiercely loyal.
Known for intelligence, leadership and a strong sense of family values, Guuj is a great team player and mates for life. G̱úuj symbolizes perseverance, intuition and success .
The Hummingbird is the messenger of joy. Known for its fortitude and ability to overcome great obstacles, Dakdakdíiyáa symbolizes the spirit of metamorphosis, peace, healing and love.
Ts’ing are determined builders of the mind, body and soul. A hard worker, they symbolize creativity, cooperation, persistence and harmony.
Hlḵ’yáan ḵ’úst’aan is the voice of the people, symbolizing openness, stability and superior communication. It represents great wealth.
Tsiin is the provider of life. Bringing the riches of the sea to spawning rivers, Salmon symbolizes prosperity, fertility, abundance, renewal and good luck.
Candace Weir – iihlajaadkaanas of the Yaghujaanas clan
Advisor: Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
Permission to use phrases from Ýaat Kíl hl Sñ’at’áa! Alaskan Haida Phrasebook Written by Áljuhl Erma Lawrence Edited by Yáahl Ñ’ánggwdangaa Jordan Lachler Sealaska Heritage
‘Wáadluwaan díi dah gudáang. I want to buy all of it.
Dángkw gudangáay ‘láa us? Are you happy?
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