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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Kiowa Artist



Belt, n.d.
Beads on cloth
27 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (70.49 x 8.89 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Sewing
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2177
Rectangular cloth belt. Completely beaded on one side. Red, blue, and light blue step-pyramids and blue lozenges form a repeating pattern on the white beaded background.

Materials
glass beads and cloth

Commentary
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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