Artisans/Clothing

– This awesome boutique has you completely covered…urban wear, high fashion, pop jewellery and an every changing cast of fashion designers to keep you trendy and decked out in indigenous goods!

– Absolutely stunning shirt designs at an affordable price is what first drew me to this site, but you should also take a look at this Tahltan artist’s jewellery and paintings!

– This Etsy page features stunning hand painted boots, shoes and bags from Pine Ridge.  A new find, I’m having a hard time keeping a rein on my already overtaxed credit card.

– Not the moccasins your kookum would make you, but a beautiful selection nonetheless, and you have to check out their ‘Story boots’!  Real leather, real fur, and something they call a ‘vibram sole’ that I am very much looking forward to trying out…I’ll write a more thorough review once I’ve walked a mile in these mukluks…

Update: oh.  my.  YES.  These mukluks are so incredibly comfortable, I’m basically living in them.  I think I’m going to leave my man for them.  Move over baby, my mukluks need room on the pillow!

-Beautiful handmade crafts and clothing of all kinds, made by Tlicho artisans!  I just stumbled across this site, and I’m already mentally spending all my money!  The beading is so very Dene in style.  Awesome stuff!

– An urban clothing store out of Saskatchewan, this Cree-inspired line is wicked cool!  I just wish they weren’t selling out so fast so I could get a t-shirt!

– More incredible crafts coming out of the NWT…you should check out the beaver fur hats with rabbit fur trim (ENVY!)!!!

– Specialising in footwear, you MUST check them out!  This is their Facebook page, and so far there isn’t an online boutique, but there is a phone number you can call to place orders!

– Another fantastic example of how we can use technology to support aboriginal traditions and ensure our spectacularly talented artisans can actually make a living!

– this store in Calgary, AB is run by Yvonne Jobin, a Cree designer from High Prairie.  She also has an eBook on Hide Tanning: The Northern Cree Way which is pretty damn cool!  Some things are available online, while others must be special ordered.

– hand made designs, both traditional and modern, Mohawk couture!  Also, this is where you can get the awsomest board game evah….Pow-wowopoly!

– t-shirts in Cree…these are some of my favourite items of clothing ever and I wish that there were many, many more to choose from.  It could become a reality if this aboriginal-owned business gets more interest!  The owner had to scale back on some really beautiful and diverse prints because that model was unsustainable, but there is always hope for the future!

The Spring 2012 catalogue is now up!

– this is absolutely stunning high fashion by Haida designer, Dorothy Grant.  Even if you can’t afford these one of a kind pieces, you have to go and look and drool, because I’m telling you…wow.

– I came across Native Bebe at the Odawa pow-wow.  I really like their logo.  They were selling cradle-boards and moss-bags as well as regalia and t-shirts, etc.

– this clothing shop based in Arizona offers native-designed clothes and products which tend to sell out pretty quickly. Their creations are original and every changing, so this is a site to keep checking back on!

– A wide selection of native designed clothing and accessories, definitely worth checking out!

– currently there are tonne of amazingly beautiful quillwork pieces available at seriously reasonable prices, all done by local artisans.  This is a must see!

Inuit products

I just want to preface this with some things I’ve noticed.  The Inuit have been among some of the first indigenous groups to really access global markets for their carvings and amazing print-making, and there is a very established commerce going on between some of the most isolated northern communities in the world…and the rest of the globe.  It’s interesting, and I’m happy to see that clothing designers are starting to access that market!

– The Nunavut community of Pangnirtung runs this website, where you can find clothing and crafts and other awesomeness.  The stock rotates as it comes in from community members so it’s a great site to keep coming back to.

– this company is based out of Nunavik, in northern Quebec, and features absolutely stunning seal-skin mittens and kamiks, as well as some beautiful seal-skin purses.  It also sells incredibly warm parkas and other Inuk-designed awesomeness.  The site is currently down temporarily but they’ll be back up, and when they are you have to check them out!

– this is more in the ‘mass produced’ vein, and not exactly community-based.  “Attraction” is a southern Quebec clothing company that has an “Inuk” line of clothing it has developed in collaboration with Eva Papigatuk from Salluit, Nunavik.  Apparently when she was first called in to consult with them, she found that their designs were really west-coast looking rather than traditional Inuit style.  I put it here because it at least has been developed with consultation, and if you can’t afford hand-crafted Inuit items, then at least you can get something kind of similar.  You can’t buy this online, you’d have to find the collection in a Canadian city.

Custom Made

– This Alberta Métis creates custom order moccasins and “Métis couture” as well as jewellery and beaded art.  Well made, beautiful, and reasonably priced considering the amount of work that goes into these creations!

– Briony Goddard is the woman behind Mousetrap Clothiers out of Lacombe, Alberta.  She beads and designs Métis-style beadwork and has used a number of designs by Christi Belcourt.  She does do custom orders as well.

Other Products

– I am a real sucker for organic made body products, particularly if they use sage in anything.  There are a tonne of awesome body products here, available for sale online, and this company helps fund cultural camps.  If you’re love these kinds of products, you might as well support aboriginal business!

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12 Responses to Artisans/Clothing


  1. Jackie Lynne says:

    Hi Lisa, My name’s Jackie and I’m a Metis woman living in Vancouver. Both of us on either side of this country. I love your work. I will be back to visit when I can take more time to see your beautiful craftsmanship. Thank you so very much.

  2. Tara says:

    Hi Lisa,
    My name is Tara and I’m the marketing manager for Manitobah Mukluks. Thank you for featuring us on your list of artisans/fashion brands! We’re really proud to say we’re Aboriginal-owned and made in Canada so we appreciate the support. I’d love to chat with you more and send you a personal thanks. Thanks again!
    -Tara

  3. New 2012 Catalog Added.
    See website: http://tansiclothing.com

    Timothy Lewis

  4. Lynn Fabrick says:

    Still exploring your website. I am a metis woman with my own business in Drumheller. I love what I see so far. My business is called Dry Canyon Collectables, it’s on facebook. I promote my culture in my shop and have received tremendous support and appreciation. I love my job. Lynn

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  6. Laura says:

    Hello! I live in Manitoba, Canada and I am looking for an authentic Inuit parka or jacket! I was wondering if you know anyone or any company who sells them online? Thanks!!!

    • There is a Facebook group called Iqualuit Auction bids that you can request to become a member of. Amautis and parkas and all sorts of items are auctioned there, made by Inuit throughout Nunavik and Nunavut.

  7. Bill Stevens says:

    Can you recommend someone who sells moccasins made in Canada by First Nations people? I am not interested in supporting a company that claims to be selling aboriginal items but has them made in Vietnam. I live near Edmonton and I would like to buy them locally if possible.
    Thanks!

    • Check out http://onlinestore.tlicho.ca/collections/moccasins

      They are handmade by Tlicho Dene artisans, and you can contact the site to get a special order made, which you may have to do if your size isn’t available. The moccasins are not cheap, but then again, they are absolutely stunning. Smoked moosehide, beaver fur cuffs and full vamp beading. In my opinion, this is one of the best resources available right now to buy moccasins made in our actual communities.

      There are definitely people in the Edmonton area making moccasins, but I’m not sure where to send you.

  8. Clio Gomez says:

    Good day Lisa. I purchased a pair of Manitobah Mukluks online. I was so very excited about getting a pair of “genuine Aboriginal Artisan, made in Canada pair of boots! I waited anxiously for their delivery. Ahhhh, they arrived, I tore open the box and, to my surprise and disappointment, the first thing I read is “Made in Vietnam!” I called Manitoba Mukluks company and was told that on their website it states “International” which, to them means they are made in Vietnam, but I could return them. I certainly am sending them back! There is even a post above that I am inserting here –

    “Hi Lisa,
    My name is Tara and I’m the marketing manager for Manitobah Mukluks. Thank you for featuring us on your list of artisans/fashion brands! We’re really proud to say we’re Aboriginal-owned and made in Canada so we appreciate the support. I’d love to chat with you more and send you a personal thanks. Thanks again!
    -Tara”

    Wow, what false advertising. The website should post “Made in Vietnam” above the product that is not made in Canada. Well, a long way to go to ask you to direct me to website where I can purchase a great pair of Aboriginal crafted Mukluks.
    Thanks, in advance, for your assistance!
    Clio :)

  9. Brooke says:

    Hi Lisa my name is Brooke and I’m a struggling artist … Struggling to get my name out there… All my prices of jewelry are made by hand and I am a Canadian aboriginal artist. Here my Facebook page take a look! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thunderbird-Woman-Beading/303916989803310

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