Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cattail mat
  • Northwest Coast peoples
  • cattail mat, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • cattail, plant fiber, string, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 71 x 64 cm
    Object Length/Width: 27 15/16 x 25 3/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2164

The rectangular, partially completed mat consists of stems of cattail plants set parallel to each other, bound with twisted fiber, which is hidden inside the structure of the mat. The finished edges are twisted cattails. One half of the mat, which is folded over the woven portion, is unbound cattail stems. There are twisted plant fiber cords and a bundle of flat plant fibers, tied with string, with the mat.