Potawatomi artist. Bandolier Bag. about 1880. cotton, silk ribbon, wool, yarn, seed bead, and glass beads. Bequest of Charles J. Norton. 1999.234.
length: 41.5 in, 105.4100 cm; width: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
"FV00" on back, near lower PL corner
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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