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Sioux Artist



Woman's Ceremonial Robe, n.d.
Beads on leather
57 x 70 x 50 in. (144.78 x 177.8 x 127 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2001
Soft white buckskin robe. Upper portion and long fringed sleeves are completely beaded in red, white and blue patterns on pink. Fringe on bottom.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
Sioux women, and most Plains beadworkers, preferred a technique called the lane stitch, or lazy stitch. In this technique, a thread is attached to the fabric, upon which about seven beads are strung, and then the thread is passed through the fabric. The thread is returned to the front of the fabric, another seven beads are strung, and that row is laid parallel ot the previous row. The design is built up in rows, which introduces a subtle design element in addition to the patterns created by different color beads. The lane stitch creates a characteristic linear pattern, similar to quillwork, but it permits the artist to cover a large area much more quickly than possible with porcupine quills. From the 1870s on, dresses featuring the yoke completely covered in beadwork and incorporating important symbols such as the eight-point Morning Star became identified with Sioux beadwork.

Bibliography
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 11 illustrated/color.

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Dimensions
  • Overall Dimensions: 57 x 70 x 50 in. (144.78 x 177.8 x 127 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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  • Nuance of Sky. Nuance of Sky Pomona College Museum of Art. Claremont, 2013
    Page Number: 11

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