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Moccasins, n.d.
Leather and beads
x 9 1/16 in. ( x 23 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1513a,b
Soft buckskin moccasins. Completely beaded uppers: blue and green striped bands on light blue background. Cloth appliqué under flaps.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
Most examples of Blackfoot beadwork contain no more than three colors and express the Blackfoot fondness for blue, which was not an easily available indigenous pigment. For the Blackfoot, blue referred to the sky and symbolized the regenerative power of the cosmos. After about 1850, Blackfoot beadwork grew finer and more colorful, as a greater range of colored beads in small sizes became available. Color preferences tended toward light backgrounds with medium-value figures edged in darker colors. Light blue was a common substitute for the white backgrounds popular among other Plains beadworkers.

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