"Woman w. Umbrella" Quilled Bag
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It’s a hot day and there is no better way to cool off at the Powwow grounds than under the shade of an umbrella - just imagine what a sight the opening of an umbrella must have been to the Native Americans who first encountered one. Portable shade would have been quite a treasure on those days when the sun burned down on the Northern Plains.
This wrist bag boasts of a union between modern day conveniences and traditional craftsmanship. Skillfully quilled by Chris Ravenshead, the body of the bag features an image of a woman enjoying the shade of her prized umbrella.
Chris uses the plating quillwork technique and has dyed the quills a deep cobalt blue and red to create this contemporary scene. He uses white and cobalt blue glass beads to form the border around the image.
The top corners of the bag are accented by quill wrapped dangles finished by tin cones and red horse hair. Chris has also attached a small quill wrapped handle which is just large enough to slide over the wrist.
The bottom of the bag is finished in two parts. First is a series of quill wrapped slats that form a “filled up” design. The second part consists of long brain tanned fringe accented by a line of tin cones and red horse hair.