Antique Beaded Whimsy Box
This Whimsy Beaded Box Purple will make a fabulous display piece. The crafter used two shades of purple velveteen for the sides and a slate blue colored material for the top cover. He or she created the three dimensional beadwork using Clear, Transparent Green, Transparent Yellow, Transparent Red, and Transparent Blue Pony Beads. The crafter lined the inside with a deep teal green colored polished cotton alternating with natural colored cotton.
The beaded ‘chain’ features Clear Seed Beads interspersed with Amber Basket Beads. Beaded loops of Clear Pony Beads and Green Basket Beads hang from the bottom. The box measures approximately 4 inches x 3.5 inches. It stands about 3 inches tall. The beadwork is intact and the velveteen is bright and soft. The top fabric has one hole and you will see discoloration on the inside. One of a Kind!
It is a classic example of the Beaded Whimsy tourist souvenirs that Native American crafters in the border regions between Canada and the United States made for the tourist trade. Whimsies refer to small decorative items or trinkets that Native American artisans hand craft using intricate beadwork techniques. These ‘whimsical’ creations often come in practical shapes and styles like pincushions, match holders, picture frames, needle cases, bags and small decorative cushions. One of a Kind!
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