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Homeschool (9-11) PM Wearable Art: Weaving

  • Button Blanket

    Slide Notes

    Olive wool trade blanket with black stripes, decorated with figure of beaver executed in dentalium shells, red stroud cloth border with plaid center bordered with rows of export mother of pearl buttons, blanket loosely basted to black canvas.

    Details

    Button blanket

    1865–80

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 144.8 x 181.6 cm (57 x 71 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Fulled wool; twill, embroidered with shells and mother-of-pearl buttons.

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    2007.498

    Collections
    Textiles and Fashion Arts More Info

    Description

    Olive wool trade blanket with black stripes, decorated with figure of beaver executed in dentalium shells, red stroud cloth border with plaid center bordered with rows of export mother of pearl buttons, blanket loosely basted to black canvas.

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  • Covered Basket Container

    Slide Notes

    This oval basket is decorated with zig-zag designs in white, red, brown, yellow, and blue porcupine quills colored with aniline dyes. On the cover red, brown, and gray designs surround an eight-pointed star in blue and black with a red center.

    Details

    Covered basket container

    about 1875

    Dimensions

    10.79 x 13.02 x 20.32 cm (4 1/4 x 5 1/8 x 8 in.)

    Medium

    Porcupine quills and birch bark

    Classification

    Basketry

    Accession Number

    1973.161a-b

    Collections
    Americas More Info

    Description

    This oval basket is decorated with zig-zag designs in white, red, brown, yellow, and blue porcupine quills colored with aniline dyes. On the cover red, brown, and gray designs surround an eight-pointed star in blue and black with a red center.

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  • Basketry Hat

    Slide Notes

    Tall, flat-topped domed shape. Reddish-gold fibers. Top area shows four plaited squares, around which twining with narrow strips of bark begins. Diagonal look to twining on body of hat, ending with a braided band. Black and red bands encircle top of hat and just above lower braid. Black thick and thin lines describe face of crest totem. Red moustache-like shape above mouth with teeth indicated in red and red dots on cheeks. Fragmented joint ovals and fins arranged around circumference of hat.

    Details

    Basketry hat

    about 1900–10

    Dimensions

    Overall: 19.1cm (7 1/2in.) Other: 26.7cm (10 1/2in.)

    Medium

    Red cedar bark and pigment

    Classification

    Basketry

    Accession Number

    1995.111

    Collections
    Americas
    On View
    Native North America Gallery - LG34 More Info

    Description

    Tall, flat-topped domed shape. Reddish-gold fibers. Top area shows four plaited squares, around which twining with narrow strips of bark begins. Diagonal look to twining on body of hat, ending with a braided band. Black and red bands encircle top of hat and just above lower braid. Black thick and thin lines describe face of crest totem. Red moustache-like shape above mouth with teeth indicated in red and red dots on cheeks. Fragmented joint ovals and fins arranged around circumference of hat.

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