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Kiowa Artist

Woman's Dress, c. 1930
Beads on leather
x 43 5/16 in. ( x 110 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P5338
Soft cream buckskin with heavily fringed sleeves, sides, and bottom edge. Top sewn with rows of small shells. Small beadwork strip around neck, and scalloped beadwork on bottom. All white effect was popular in the 1930s.

leather, cowrie shell and glass beads

See R.Conn report (1978)

The fine fringe and sparse beadwork, traditionaly in Southern Plains garments, are evident in this dress. Shells were a material prized long before the introduction of glass beads, and their use continued. During the 1930s, Southern Plains artists preferred "all-white" clothing to traditional painted hide garments.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 76, fig. 258.

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