The AMICA Library
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Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Flat, rectangular beaded bag covered with solid beadwork on one side, and having a fringe at the bottom; interior is lined with a variety of trade cloths, predominately cotton prints; fringes have paired brass beads located at the base of the bag; beadwork is applied with spit stitching and the design consists of a fanciful, floral spray executed with light blue, dark blue, red, green, and yellow on a white background; leather straps each side of the top in center.
Beaded Leather Bag
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Leather, glass beads, trade cloth, brass beads
Height: 17 3/4"; width: 8 3/4"
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Gift of International Business Machines, 1960
This bag is not very traditional in form and probably was made recently for sale or trade. Since it has no means of hanging from a belt, it was probably made for personal use. The style of the beadwork is sort of a North American "international" style, meaning that many individual Indian groups have taken it up. It has none of the grace common in Great Lakes beadwork, so a Plateau attribution seems more likely.
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