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Native American Beaded Rose Handbag

  • 12100

Maria Godines, from the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, has covered almost the entire front side of her rawhide handbag with a flat beaded rose design. She constructed the bag, including the handle, fringe, and clasp, with very supple elk buckskin. Maria learned the technique of flat beadworking from her sister Joannie Selam. For this piece, Maria used a canvas-type material for the initial beading of her rose design then stitched the completed rose onto the buckskin handbag front. Maria used a machine for her initial bag construction but did much of the stitching by hand. She outlined the entire beaded flower with a row of shiny white beads. The lining and top edge of the bag are made from a soft red felt. The button clasp and handle attachments are metal; the butterfly sew-ons are fabric. The bag is 7 ¾ in. wide and 8 ¼ in. tall not counting the fringe.

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