Ribbonwork – Silk with Applique
Ribbonwork - Silk with AppliqueThis piece of Ribbonwork - Silk with Applique is ready to be sewn onto a shawl! First, the artist sewed two pieces of red and green silk together to make the base of the ribbonwork. After that, they added seven geometric appliques by hand to make a unique design. For further detail, the artist created each section of the design from two pieces of tan and pale yellow fabric. The artist cross stitched this applique entirely by hand, as a result this is visible on the reverse of the silk (see photo.) Historically, Native women added ribbonwork to skirts, shawls, and other garments. For additional information, the Milwaukee Public Museum has a great article about the origins of Native American ribbonwork, read it here!
This piece of ribbonwork measures 86" long and has been folded to be 4 3/8" wide. It measures 11" across unfolded. The applique measures 68" end to end, each section is 10 11/16" long and 3" at the widest point. You can use this ribbonwork as a starting point for a more elaborate design, or sew it as-is on to the garment of your choice.
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