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 took advantage of their skill in quillwork and beadwork, and began to make items such as purses, needle cases, pincushions, and watch fobs to sell to non-Native tourists who flocked to state fairs and other local tourist destinations. Haudenosaunee women sold their arts, which featured motifs of northeastern flora and fauna, directly to eager customers.
Cloth, beads, silk, velvet
Including fringe but excluding strap: 8 1/2 × 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (21.6 × 1.3 × 18.4 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns
This item is not on view
Iroquois. Beaded Bag, ca. 1880. Cloth, beads, silk, velvet, Including fringe but excluding strap: 8 1/2 × 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (21.6 × 1.3 × 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Edward J. Guarino Collection in honor of Kathleen Guarino-Burns, 2016.11.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.TL2016.18.11_view1.jpg)
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