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!

14 comments:

  1. These shoes are more paryticular, i like also for the colors :)

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  2. wow, beautiful!! And so much history behind these!

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  3. These traditions really need to be kept alive. Everyone loses when something with so much history attached to it is allowed to disappear. I salute the artisans and the people who support the work.

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  4. I still can't get over how beautiful your photos are.

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  5. Ooo, all of the designs are so pretty. You can tell a lot of time and effort went into these!

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  6. wow so amazing. I appreciate the craftsmanship and you for supporting it!

    p.s. thanks for visiting my blog!! Now following with bloglovin and looking fwd to getting to know you!

    xo
    nicole

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  7. Nice!!


    xx


    http://www.madridforniagirl.com/

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  8. Adorable pieces, love those boots :)

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  9. Love the photos and the crafts made are very beautiful! <3

    Love,
    Ericka of http://behappyblue.blogspot.com

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  10. The beading on these pieces are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. That's so cool that everything is handmade. The artisans must be very talented and patient.

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  12. I have been dreaming of a pair of Manitobah Mukluks forever, they are so incredibly beautiful.

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