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Creator Nationality: North American; Native American; Sioux; Lakota
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Lakota
Title: Beaded dress
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1890
Creation End Date: 1900
Creation Date: 1890 - 1900
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Classification Term: Leather
Materials and Techniques: Leather, glass beads
Dimensions: L.51 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 74.64.5
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. John David and Mr. James David

By the late 19th century most Plains Indian people had adopted Euro-American styles of clothing in daily use, but they often wore traditional garments for special occasions. Heavily beaded dresses like this one not only showed a woman's skill in needlework but also marked her cultural identity. The small U-shaped motif on the lower edge of the beading alludes symbolically to turtles, which were associated with women's creative powers.

AMICA ID: MIA_.74.64.5
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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