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Orange and yellow woven yarn sash / Unknown

Curatorial Remarks

This sash is an example of the oblique weaving pattern. The oblique weaving pattern is usually identified by the use of one color of yarn and the design being created through beads. It is strange that it does not have beads which means it may likely have symbolic use or is a ceremonial object. The lack of beads is a very intentional design. The oblique weaving pattern was used by Southeastern tribes but did not survive the Trail of Tears. After the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee started to primarily use the Osage finger weaving style instead (warp face). The oblique weaving pattern is still seen in the finger weaving of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, the Seminole Tribe, and in Northeastern Tribes. The yarn of this piece is mainly 2 ply, but there are some strands, which all end in one of the fringe strands, that are 3 ply. This is likely a sash that would have been worn across the body. The fringe is too short to be tied. It is likely that it would have been attached with something el

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Title(s): 
Orange and yellow woven yarn sash
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Culture: 
Native American; Sac & Fox
Date: 
19th century - 20th century
Materials/Techniques: 
wool
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
97.195
Previous Number(s): 
9726.195
Department: 
Not On View

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