Native American

Blanket Strip

Artist: Unknown
Culture/People: Apsàalooke
Place: Plains, United States
Media: Red trade cloth, Venetian seed beads, and sinew
Dims: 64 x 7 in. (162.5 x 17.7 cm)
Date: c. 1885
RTC No: NA1159
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


The image here is a detail, but the long blanket strip includes four sets of rectangular sections with three rosettes uniting them. The beadwork uses a flat-stitch technique on hide and on red trade cloth. The beadwork design elements include geometric motifs made up of opposing triangles, stacked blocks, and large square sections with bands. The rosettes have accents of red trade cloth and there are small hide thongs at the centers of the three rosettes.

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