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Beaded Bag with Floral Design

Arts of the Americas

As northeastern tribes were forced onto reservations and their traditional lifestyles were threatened, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) women looked for new sources of income for their families. They had always been proficient in quillwork and beadwork, so they began to create handbags (as seen here), needle cases, pincushions, watch fobs, and other items for the non-Native tourists who flocked to state fairs and other northeastern tourist spots. Haudenosaunee women set up booths and sold their arts featuring motifs of northeastern flora and fauna directly to eager customers.
CULTURE Iroquois
MEDIUM Velvet, glass beads, cloth, ribbon, cotton thread, sequins
DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS Excluding ribbon handle and fringe: 7 × 6 1/2 in. (17.8 × 16.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2014.76.27
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in memory of Mauricette (Sue) Castle
RIGHTS STATEMENT
CAPTION Iroquois. Beaded Bag with Floral Design, ca. 1880. Velvet, glass beads, cloth, ribbon, cotton thread, sequins, Excluding ribbon handle and fringe: 7 × 6 1/2 in. (17.8 × 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in memory of Mauricette (Sue) Castle , 2014.76.27 (Photo: , 2014.76.27_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2014.76.27_PS9.jpg., 2018
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Iroquois. <em>Beaded Bag with Floral Design</em>, ca. 1880. Velvet, glass beads, cloth, ribbon, cotton thread, sequins, Excluding ribbon handle and fringe: 7 × 6 1/2 in. (17.8 × 16.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in memory of Mauricette (Sue) Castle
, 2014.76.27 (Photo: , 2014.76.27_PS9.jpg)