The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 4, 2024

Placket and Cuffs

Placket and Cuffs

late 1800s
Overall: 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.); Average: 12.5 x 30 cm (4 15/16 x 11 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view


In the 1800s, native peoples began to use European fabrics to fashion fine formal garments; they favored sturdy cloth, such as velvet and wool broadcloth, which provided support for heavy decorative beadwork that was added by hand. Often the fabric was a dark color, providing dramatic contrast for the multicolored beads. Rather than encrusting the entire garment, beadwork was confined to cuffs, “epaulettes,” bib-like plackets and yokes, rectangular panels sewn to leggings, shirts, and dresses, and the like.
  • Gallery 231 - Native North American Textile Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (August 27, 2018-August 26, 2019).
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