Beads on leather
x 5 1/8 in. ( x 13 cm)
North America, Native American
Leatherworking and beadworking
Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Elongated leather cone, completely beaded with blue, light blue, and yellow stripes. Three looped leather thongs at the bottom.
glass beads and leather
Native-made awls, the sharpended bone from a buffalo shoulder or leg bone, were often the only tools used in beadwork. Beaders, almost always women, used the awl to punch holes through the soft buckskin, then threaded sinew or cord through the holes to attach beads. The awls required frequent sharpening; women would use them until there was nothing left to work with. Decorated cases not only protected the tool from damage but also prevented it form being lost. Awl or needle cases were often beaded with stripe designs using the flat, lane stitch technique.
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