The Metis in all parts of Canada created finger woven sashes. This West Coast Nisga’s sash may have been inspired by this tradition. The sash is made from wool yarn and cotton string. Traditionally the sash was tied at the waist to hold a coat closed and used as a scarf, rope, and a variety of other practical uses.
The Canadiana bathing suit, modelled here by Vancouver's own Yvonne de Carlo, was designed in the late 1940s by prominent Vancouver swimwear designer Rose Marie Reid. The fabric was also designed in Vancouver by artist Marianne McCrea, well known locally for her architectural murals, fabric design, and pottery, produced under the name "Marian" during the 1940s and 1950s. Entitled the "Canadiana print" the fabric incorporated "authentic Canadian symbols — the totem pole, the maple leaf, the canoe — to make a print that was distinctly Canadian.