Author Sylvia Olsen “Working with Wool” Presentation

Baaad Anna’s is excited to host an evening with Sylvia Olsen, author of “Working with Wool:  A Coast Salish Legacy & the Cowichan Sweater”



Friday, April 20th


Cost: $5 – $20 (sliding scale)

About “Working with Wool“:

“The rugged design of the Cowichan sweater, made famous by First Nations knitters from Vancouver Island, is readily recognizable. Known for its durability and windproof warmth int he harshest West Coast weather, the Cowichan sweater is also a striking symbol of the social, economic and cultural effects of European colonization on First Nations in Canada. In Working With Wool, author and knitter Sylvia Olsen recounts one of Vancouver Island’s most compelling stories: the history of the development and use of textiles by First Nations in the Pacific Northwest and the transition from traditional blanket-making to the Cowichan-sweater industry of the 20th century.”

About Sylvia Olsen:

“Sylvia Olsen was born and brought up in Victoria, BC. At seventeen she married and moved to Tsartlip First Nation. For more than thirty years she lived and worked and raised her four children in the Tsartlip community. Sylvia is a historian specializing in Native/white relations in Canada. As a writer, she often finds herself exploring the in-between places where Native and non-Native people meet.”

6 thoughts on “Author Sylvia Olsen “Working with Wool” Presentation

  1. Do you want us to pre-register for the session, or just show up?

    And what does “sliding scale” (next to Cost) mean?

  2. I was super excited to see the flyer advertising this a Fibres West today! I recently read her book and gave a presentation on it at our Guild. I really can’t wait for this. Thank you so much for hosting it!

  3. I read Sylvia’s book last fall. What a fabulous story. It was inspiring and at times filled me with anger towards the shop keepers that underpaid the First Nation’s women for their incredible sweaters. I’m sure this will be a wonderful evening for knitters and anyone who is interested in the history of the Cowichan sweater.
    Ginette Nielsen

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