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Woman's Dress

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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A female artist ornamented this dress with tiny Venetian glass beads called seed beads. Like most bead workers in the mid-1800s, she chose seed beads over larger pony beads, which were commonly used in earlier periods. She created narrow bands for the yoke’s rainbowlike border and experimented with new colors afforded by the smaller beads. She selected a background hue known as greasy yellow instead of the light blue traditionally found on Lakota dresses.

Woman's Dress, Native tanned leather, glass beads, tin cones, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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