Thursday, November 5, 2009

Showpiece: loomed quill work

Today I'll hopefully get photos taken of my latest projects. Until then, here's another showpiece from the Royal Alberta Museum.

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This amazing piece of work is a baby belt - a long strap used to support a baby too big for a cradleboard on the back. This piece was made with a loom and dyed porcupine quills, edged with beads. I think the whole thing was about 5 feet long - long enough to reach from one shoulder, down around the baby's bottom, and back up to the opposite shoulder. The ends were then tied in front.

The work is so beautifully precise, and the piece is in excellent condition.

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