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February 17, 2012

Ojibwe beaded hide dress and belt

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Ojibwe beaded hide dress and belt

Dress and belt worn by Elizabeth Sherer Russell while working for the Chippewa Indian Nursing Service between 1923 and 1931.  Made by an unknown maker belonging to the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe.  The beaded, tanned hide dress has spot-stitched sleeves with floral pattern beadwork.  Strips of leather fringe are sewn at the sleeve seams, side seams, and skirt hem.  The belt consists of floral spot-stitched curvilinear beadwork on hide, trimmed with light green silk ribbon and backed with pink silk. The beads are primarily pinks, green, purple and orange.

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