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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