Chilkat Weaving

A Lecture with Lily Hope

Chilkat weaving is one of the most prestigious and laborious textiles, distinguished by perfect circles, bright blues and yellows, and adapted Formline art originating on the Northwest Coast of Alaska.

Traditional materials, natural dyes, and thigh-spinning have given way to merino wools, and commercially spun and dyed yarns. But why? Is it climate change? Hunting restrictions? Or simply ease of access and excitement from the weavers to get more quickly to their looms?

Lily will treat us to information about materials, dyed yarns, a thigh spinning demo, and in progress art project. Join us to hear more about the history of this tradition and witness these finger-twined textiles in depth, as presented by full-time Chilkat weaver-teacher- Lily Hope.

Sunday, May 23, 2021


2pm – 3:30pm EDT*


We would like to make this lecture available to anyone We would like to make this lecture available to anyone who would like to participate. Therefore we have a pay-what-you-can model. If you are able to pay the suggested fee of $25, we appreciate it. If you are unable to pay the full amount but would still like to participate, you may pick a different amount in the drop down list. Thank you for supporting us during this time.

Net proceeds from this lecture will be given to Lily’s organization Spirit Uprising, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the integrity of Ravenstail and Chilkat Weaving by promoting excellence, educating students, and supporting weaver communities internationally.

*This session will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one week for you to watch at your convenience.

Lily Hope

Lily Hope (Tlingit) is one of the few full-time Chilkat and Ravenstail textile artists creating full-sized Chilkat dancing blankets and contemporary smaller weavings using Chilkat and Ravenstail techniques. She was traditionally trained under her late mother, renowned artist, Clarissa Rizal. Lily feels the cultural pressure to pass down Chilkat weaving with integrity and generosity. She hosts twice-monthly ‘weave with me’ Zooms via Patreon, teaches art and business courses at University Alaska Southeast, co-curates weaving exhibitions, elevates other artists, and homeschools her five children. She’s fascinated by the volume of work produced by Northwest Coast textile weavers only 50 years ago, and strives to do it all.

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