Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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rush mat
  • Cowichan peoples
  • rush mat, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • rush grass, plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 184 x 100 cm
    Object Length/Width: 72 7/16 x 39 3/8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2158

The narrow ends of the rectangular mat of rushes have a thin band of woven rushes. Twisted cords of plant fiber are hidden within the mat of rushes to keep them together. The long sides are woven or knotted in place.