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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Kiowa Artist

Belt, n.d.
Beads on cloth
3 3/8 x 27 7/8 in. (8.57 x 70.8 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Sewing
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2177
Rectangular cloth belt. Completely beaded on one side. Red, blue, and light blue step-pyramids and blue lozenges form a repeating pattern on the white beaded background.

glass beads and cloth

By contrast with beaded pieces from the rest of the Great Plains region, the Southern Plains people tended toward a lightness and refinement of decoration. The Kiowa usually applied beadwork sparingly, almost as a trimming, and sledom made the heavily beaded pieces more typical of the Sioux, such as the dress in this gallery. As in this belt, 19th-century Kiowa beadwork featured linear panels with small, geometric elements as internal elaborations worked in contrasting colors on a white background. This beaded belt probably would have been worn over buckskin clothing where it would call attention to painted areas of the leather.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 3 3/8 x 27 7/8 in. (8.57 x 70.8 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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