Patron - Unisex Coast Salish T-Shirt | Salish.Design: Coast Salish Art Clothing

Patron - Unisex Coast Salish T-Shirt

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You've now found the staple t-shirt of your wardrobe. It's made of a thicker, heavier cotton, but it's still soft and comfy. And the double stitching on the neckline and sleeves add more durability to what is sure to be a favorite! 

  • 100% ring-spun cotton
  • Sport Grey is 90% ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
  • Dark Heather is 65% polyester, 35% cotton
  • 4.5 oz/y² (153 g/m²)
  • Pre-shrunk
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the center
  • Blank product sourced from Bangladesh, Honduras, Haiti, Mexico, or Nicaragua

Printed and Fulfilled in North America

"In the discourse on contemporary Northwest Coast art, one of the arguments made is that the commercial market for Northwest Coast art contributes to neocolonialism and cultural loss. In the history of Northwest Coast people, First Nations were dispossessed of their lands through colonialism. Now through neocolonialism and the commercialization of Northwest Coast art, it could be tentatively argued that the selling of Northwest Coast art, as the concrete visual symbols of culture and tradition, causes contemporary Northwest Coast artists to unwittingly contribute to neocolonialism. On the other hand, although I am a contemporary Coast Salish person strongly opposed to neocolonialism and cultural appropriation, I do believe that the commercial market for Northwest Coast art is vital to the art forms. As the great scholar and Northwest Coast artist Marianne Nicholson has articulated, the commercial market for Northwest Coast art is partially responsible for the perpetuation of traditional art forms. In the past, as the late Nuu-chaah-nulth artist Art Thompson has articulated, Northwest Coast people were the primary patrons of Northwest Coast art within traditional ceremonial contexts. In the present, with neocolonialism aside, it should not be overlooked that the contemporary patrons of Northwest Coast art contribute to the perpetuation of traditional art forms. In the history of art, patrons are undoubtedly pivotal to art."

lessLIE, or Leslie Robert Sam, (born 1973) is a Coast Salish artist from Duncan, BC. This highly talented and original artist works in multi-media, but particularly enjoys dealing with serigraphs. lessLIE holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations studies from Malaspina University-College and continued his academic career at the University of Victoria in Interdisciplinary Studies. While working on his undergraduate degree in 1995 lessLIE began studying Coast Salish art and continued doing so during his graduate studies at the University of Victoria. The artist draws on traditional iconographic elements, while inventively intertwining his art with contemporary texts.

Art by lessLIE