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Vintage Native American Beadwork Bag Purse – eBay Find of the Week

Posted By Paul G March 12th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 12th, 2014

From eBay:

This auction is for a Plains Indian Native American Beaded Bag. I am not sure that it is Sioux beadwork and am open to being corrected here, but am fairly certain that it is vintage from the 1960s or 1970s. The leather for the bag is a very beautiful white brain tanned deer that still has a ever so slight smoky aroma from the tanning process. The beads are newer glass for the pattern and the long dangles are a mix of glass, plastic and shell.

The colored beads that are faceted in the fringe are glass and the long tubes that look like bone are the plastic ones. The very bottom of the bead fringe has the shell bead. The bag is the same front and back, so both sides are beaded. The beading is done onto a separate piece of round leather that is then stitched onto the bag itself. It is very well done. The stitching attaching the bead panels doesn't go all the way through the leather but it is attached with a very fine thread into the surface of the leather so the inside of the bag is clean but the panels are very firmly attached. In the center panels every single bead is stitched, not done in the lazy stitch way where three beads are sewn in at once. The beading at the edge is done right onto the leather of the bag as little hoops of beads that go around the edge. Though this piece is newer, it is absolutely stunning beadwork.

It is a flat bag. I stuffed it a little for the photos.

The dimensions are 21 inches long from top edge to end of dangles and 8.5 inches wide at widest point.

There is no lining. Just beautiful clean white leather on the inside. No wear on the inside of the bag at all.

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dk prajapati

very beautiful white brain tanned deer that still has a ever so slight smoky aroma from the tanning process.

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