In the 1800s, native peoples began to use European fabrics to fashion fine formal garments; they favored sturdy cloth, such as velvet and wool broadcloth, which provided support for heavy decorative beadwork that was added by hand. Often the fabric was a dark color, providing dramatic contrast for the multicolored beads. Rather than encrusting the entire garment, beadwork was confined to cuffs, “epaulettes,” bib-like plackets and yokes, rectangular panels sewn to leggings, shirts, and dresses, and the like.

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  • Title: Placket and Cuffs
  • Date Created: late 1800s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 19.2 cm (7 9/16 in.); Average: 12.5 x 30 cm (4 15/16 x 11 13/16 in.)
  • Type: Garment
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1956.788
  • Medium: Velvet, cotton
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Northeast Woodlands, Great Lakes Region, Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) or Nehiyawak (Cree) People?
  • Credit Line: Anonymous gift in memory of Sarah Ann Morrison
  • Collection: T - Native North American
  • Accession Number: 1956.788

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