|Placentia West Mat Makers hooker rug|
|Former Placentia West Mat Makers|
|Traditional pattern style with geometric designs, and flower in centre|
Unfortunately due to a number of factors including low wages the Placentia West Mat Making Association disbanded in 2015. Thankfully, the Placentia West Heritage Committee, which has been around since 1983, has established the Livyers' Lot Économusée in Boat Harbour. The Économusée includes a reception, workshop, reading room, boutique, museum, restaurant, and interpretation of traditional and contemporary skills. This space allows the communities to keep rug hooking, and other traditions from the region alive and ensure they are passed on through workshops and events like this hooker tea.
|Poked mat for sale at Livyers' Lot.|
Poked mats were traditional to the area but not part of the Placentia West Mat Makers Association's business.
If you would like to learn more about the Livyers' Lot Économusée read our Living Heritage Economy Case Study or visit their Facebook page. If you would like to learn more about the development of hooked rugs in the province during the 1970s-2000s check out this article by Paula Flynn.