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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Sioux Artist



Beadwork Strip, n.d.
Beads
35 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. (89.22 x 4.13 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Bead weaving
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2190
Rectangular, woven beadwork with no backing. White and red geometric patterns repeating on dark blue and light blue rectangles. Braided threads at each end.

Materials
glass beads without backing

Commentary
Native American woven beadwork incorporates earlier quillwork and fiber-weaving techniques, adapted for European trade goods. The commonly used term, "loom" beadwork actually refers to a number of techniques that differ among tribal groups, only some of which make use of looms. Visually rich beadwork strips featured ornate designs and complex geometric forms, integrating traditional motifs with the new materials.

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