Blanket strip

Niimíipuu / Nez Perce , Native American

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Blanket strips cover the seam of two sewn-together halves of a bison hide, often used for men’s robes. Born of utility, the strips themselves became symbolic objects. Plains and Plateau men wore them on robes with or without seams, and they later appeared on trade blankets. The rosettes of this rare Plateau strip are constructed of quill-wrapped horsehair.

Blanket strip, Tanned leather, glass beads, horsehair, porcupine quills, dye, wool cloth, and brass bells, Niimíipuu / Nez Perce , Native American

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