Yes, they look like Quillwork, but they are Raffia! To make these Armbands, the Crafter started with strips of Rawhide. Then, he wrapped colored Raffia around narrow bands of Rawhide in a way that makes it look a lot like Porcupine Quills! The crafter created a geometric design using Red, Yellow and Blue. He stitched each of these strips to the Rawhide bands with a single White Seed Bead between the strips at both ends. He used Deerskin Leather Lacing for ties.
Prior to the arrival of European trade goods, Native Americans adorned their arms with tattoos, quilled cuffs and bracelets made of copper and bone. European traders brought metal, especially silver, that Native Americans used to create armbands. Metal Armbands could be simple, narrow bands or stamped and decorated. Native Americans also made Armbands of beaded leather strips or finger woven wool.
These Armbands measure 11.5″ long x 1.5″ wide.
A previous owner wore these Armbands. You will see some faded places and one small spot where the Raffia has torn. They remain in good, wearable condition!
One of a Kind!
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