October 28, 2013

The Storyboot Project

The Metis (Canadian Aboriginals) created the mukluks and moccasins from thousands of years ago out of leather, fur and beadwork. Now the Manitobah Mukluks is one of our favourite things to wear in Canada when winter comes- It's warm, it's amazingly comfortable, and it's made here in Canada.

The Storyboot Project that launched earlier this month aim to revive traditional arts through a business relationship with elder artisans. These artists produce handcrafted beaded footwear and in exchange receives a 50/50 profit sharing agreement with the Manitobah Mukluks. Some of these Aboriginal artists have been making these footwear for over 10 years. They have taken on this craft to keep their traditions alive living in remote towns of small population and frozen climate. Watch the inspiring documentary about the project here.

Every pair of these boots are carefully handcrafted in which take hours to make. The Manitobah Mukluks' mission: To keep the Aboriginals' tradition alive.

I felt so honored when I got asked to cover this inspiring project and I hope that this will inspire you to support local businesses and artisans wherever you live. And if you're from Ottawa, visit Victoire in Westboro for the full exhibit!