Dec 20, 2010
Dec 20, 2010

Blanket Strip

Blanket Strip

c. 1900

Native-tanned hide, glass beads, yellow trade cloth, brass beads, sinew thread

Overall: 188 x 10.8 cm (74 x 4 1/4 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1927.260

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This beaded strip was stitched to a hide or a blanket.


Untailored robes made from large animal skins, a basic article of Plains attire, were sometimes ornamented with long strips patterned geometrically with quillwork or, later, beadwork. The strip was stitched between the hide’s neck and the tail; when the robe was pulled around the body, the strip was oriented horizontally. Similar strips were also sewn to the wool blankets that eventually replaced animal-skin robes.

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