bag with slightly bulbous bottom; short handle with predominantly red quillwork, trimmed with blue beads and backed with blue floral-print fabric; one side of bag has quillwork with multicolored flowers against red stripes; other side has multicolored beadwork with floral motif and maroon and yellow beadwork trim; four stripes of hide with gold thimbles and yellow, blue, and green ribbons; tin cones around edges with red feathers;

© Holly Young

Floral Legacy, 2019

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Floral Legacy, created by Dakota artist Holly Young, is a contemporary purse that pays tribute to historic brain-tanned hide bags adorned with quill and beadwork made by Dakota women.. On one side of this purse, the hide is embellished by a beaded floral stem with delicate and symmetrical flowers and tendrils. The other side features 20 thin horizontal bands of crimson colored quillwork and a tightly quilled floral design, bursting with color. Young then further embellishes the bag with wrapped tin cones, fire-red feathers, brass bells and thimbles tied with satin ribbon. Every seam and the entire handle of the purse is adorned with quills, a finishing technique that requires extraordinary patience and persistence, personal qualities highly valued in Dakota societies.

Details
Title
Floral Legacy
Artist Life
(Standing Rock Dakhóta), born 1977
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2019.65
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bag with slightly bulbous bottom; short handle with predominantly red quillwork, trimmed with blue beads and backed with blue floral-print fabric; one side of bag has quillwork with multicolored flowers against red stripes; other side has multicolored beadwork with floral motif and maroon and yellow beadwork trim; four stripes of hide with gold thimbles and yellow, blue, and green ribbons; tin cones around edges with red feathers;

© Holly Young

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