When the Scottish Settlers arrived on Coast Salish Territories near what today is referred to as the Town of Duncan, they shared how to knit with the Coast Salish Peoples. The Coast Salish knitters added their own designs such as animals to the sweaters. Authentic Cowichan sweaters, still knit by Coast Salish knitters today, are a much sought-after souvenir of the West Coast. As the following excerpt from the Times-Colonist Islander describes:
The tourist "glances down at his genuine Cowichan sweater with its unique design, which he has bought in a store on Government St [...] well aware that a Cowichan sweater is one of the finest souvenirs that can be purchased at any price" (Islander, 1988, Feb 28, pp. M1, M4). The newspaper clipping is below and the full text is written out here.