Southeastern beaded cloth man's shoulder pouch or Bandolier bag, probably Creek. Bandolier bag is made with a red plain-weave wool fabric substrate backed with a brown, blue, and red floral cotton fabric lining. The front of the should strap and bag are decorated by waving patterns of blue and white glass seed beads. The beads are extremely small. There are 22 white beads per inch and 24 blue beads per inch. The beads are sewn onto the bag with a two-thread overlaid or spot-stitch technique of bead embroidery. The beaded diamond like pattern on the shoulder strap is made up of two serpentine like lines. The outer edge of the diamonds is made of three white beaded rows and the inside of the diamonds has four blue beaded rows. These same serpentine lines are found on the pouch and down the fingers on either end of the shoulder strap. The triangular closure flap is decorated with a serpentine lines coming down either edge meeting in a point at the bottom. The lines are made up of three blue beaded rows sections separated by two white beaded rows. The pouch of the bag is made from the same red wool with brown floral cotton lining. The entire pouch and triangular flap are lined with the cotton textile.
The edges of the pouch, the triangular closure flap and the shoulder strap are bound with a dark blue twill tape (1/2" wide). The outer edge is decorated with a single row of white beads. This outer row of beads is oriented with the bead hole perpendicular to the edge of the fabric (except for the outer row on the proper left inner finger, which is sewn on the edge with each The each end of the shoulder strap is ended with two fingers of wool and beaded decoration. The bottom of the pouch was originally decorated with a row of red wool tassels. The wool for the tassels was created by unraveling the red wool fabric. Only one tassel remains intact.
|Dimensions||W-10.75 L-27 inches|