pouch and strap of finger-woven yarn in green and dark red with zigzag rows of white beads in fibers; beaded, tasseled and undecorated fringe at strap ends and bottom of bag; dark green pouch backing; blue and tan plaid backing on strap

Bandolier Bag, c. 1830-1850

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This is a rare bag: Only two other examples are known to still exist. It was made by finger weaving, a technique that resembles braiding and does not require a loom. It’s one of the oldest forms of weaving, and is still used by some Native American artists. The artist strung independent threads with beads, then wove them together to create zigzagging lines and patterns. It’s not a fast process, which may be one reason so few weavers use the technique today, though it has been revived by cultural ambassadors.

Details
Title
Bandolier Bag
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2003.32
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pouch and strap of finger-woven yarn in green and dark red with zigzag rows of white beads in fibers; beaded, tasseled and undecorated fringe at strap ends and bottom of bag; dark green pouch backing; blue and tan plaid backing on strap