Bag Beaded IroquoisBag Beaded IroquoisBag Beaded Iroquois
Bag Beaded Iroquois

Bag Beaded Iroquois

Bag Beaded Iroquois

This antique Iroquois beaded bag is a beautiful find! The artist sewed two beaded dark brown velvet panels together for the exterior of the purse. They then used more brown velvet for decorative flaps on the front and back. They added raised beadwork onto the velvet, using variety of seed beads to create identical floral designs and borders on the front and back. Colors include White, Pink, Blue, Red, White, Dark Translucent Green, Translucent Amber, Crystal, and Greasy Yellow. The artist edge beaded the flaps with White pony beads. Next, they lined the purse with tan fabric and covered the seams with red fabric.  For the handle, the crafter used bias tape.
Circa early 1900's, this purse is in good condition. The Iroquois beaded bag velvet exterior and fabric interior have no holes or rips. There has been no major bead loss except for a strand of the pink and red beads on one side (see photo) and a small spot in the bottom of one of the flaps. Overall, the centerpiece floral beadwork has held up wonderfully overtime.  The bias tape handle is still attached but has broken in the center.
This Purse measures 6" long by 6" at its widest point.
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