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Description: The shape and style of this decorative bag reflect the tastes of Euro-American women during the Victorian Era. Iroquois people beaded bags with flares, flaps, and reverse contours for this tourist trade, mostly around the Niagara Falls, New York area. Early beaded bags had been made with more square and rectangular shapes in the 18th and early 19th centuries. But due to the influx of tourists and the demand for small souvenirs, Iroquois artisans made items like this bag as well as picture frames, pincushions, and other whimsical objects for the tourist economy. While made primarily for sale, Iroquois people wore these as part of traditional dress as well.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Indians of North America
Indians of North America -- Great Lakes Region (North America)
Iroquois Indians
Iroquois Indians -- Clothing
Indian beadwork
Fashion -- History -- 19th century
Clothing and dress

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