Native-tanned hide, glass beads, metal beads, sinew thread
Overall: 163.8 x 11.4 cm (64 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White 1937.865
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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