Two Polar Bears on Ice Floes.
Silk or rayon stocking material, dyed; 28" x 39";
Mat maker unknown, ca. 1928. Design and pattern by Dr. Wilfred Grenfell.
Polar bears were a popular image. They travelled south from the Arctic on the
heavy pack-ice, which eventually broke into smaller
ice-pans or small icebergs called "growlers." The bears were
usually pictured on these growlers in the mats. Early requests for cotton hooking materials specified white as
the most desirous colour, as many mats depicted winter scenes with white furred animals.
Mat in the possession of Paula Laverty. Photo courtesy of Paula Laverty.