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glass beads, thread and cloth
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 23-24 (illustrated/bw 23) fig. 27.
"Square woven in one piece, this bag uses 2 beads between each pair of warp threads instead of the usual one. It appears to have been woven from top to botton in the round (there are no side seams) and then joined at the bottom very expertly. The only hints of a seam are in the bottom corners, with the beads placed such that they merely suggest that the bottom, not the sides, is where the piece is joined."
Great Lakes weavers originally used shredded bark and other natural materials to fashion small twined bags for household and for ceremonial use. The growing availability of trade goods resulted in the incorporation of wool yarns and glass beads into traditional forms. Complex diagonal designs, often an important element of the weaver's repertoire, were translated in woven beadwork (Conn, 1979, p. 95). The presence of double-ward threads in this bag indicates that it was woven on a heddle loom.
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