DescriptionA BLACKFEET BEADED CLOTH DRESS
decorated across the yoke with bands of beadwork in various shades of glass seed beads, trimmed with bead and cowrie shell fringe, silk ribbon on the hem
Cotton cloth dresses became increasingly popular around the turn of the 20th century. This may have been due to a scarcity of suitable hides. More likely, the cloth dress provided greater comfort on hot summer days. A survey of historic photographs from the early 20th century attests to the popularity of cloth dresses amongst the Blackfeet and other Northern Plains tribes.
Length: 45 inches
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
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