Bandolier Bag

Bandolier Bag

about 1880
Culture
Potawatomi
bandolier bag
cotton, silk ribbon, wool, yarn, seed bead, and glass beads
Bequest of Charles J. Norton
1999.234
Potawatomi artist. Bandolier Bag. about 1880. cotton, silk ribbon, wool, yarn, seed bead, and glass beads. Bequest of Charles J. Norton. 1999.234.
Dimensions
length: 41.5 in, 105.4100 cm; width: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
Inscription
"FV00" on back, near lower PL corner
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
Originally undecorated and used to carry tools and food, the wide-strapped shoulder bag changed from a utilitarian item into a stunning accessory as artists of the Great Lakes region took advantage of the availability of colorful glass beads from Europe. This example features geometric designs woven first on a bead loom and then attached to a fabric backing.

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