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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Winnebago Artist

Man's Garters, n.d.
Beads on cloth
3 11/16 x 33 in. (9.43 x 83.82 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Sewing
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2203a,b
Predominantly red and yellow on blue beaded background. Partially braided multi-colored wool fringe at either end.

glass beads, cloth and wool

Beaded men's garters, ornamental rather than functional, were tied outside the leggings below the knees. Winnebago women produced sashes and garters from yarns they finger wove on heddle looms. This technique offered greater portability, versatility, and efficiency than other weaving techniques. The resulting warp-faced woven pieces were composed of variegated stripes determined by the color of the yarn used for the warp. The geometricized floral motif is similar to the woven beadwork patterns of other Great Lakes tribes at this time, but the color combination is typically Winnebago.

Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 14-15 illustrated/color.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 3 11/16 x 33 in. (9.43 x 83.82 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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  • Nuance of Sky. Nuance of Sky Pomona College Museum of Art. Claremont, 2013
    Page Number: 14-15

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