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Plains Indian
Primary



Child's Vest

1900-1950
Leather, glass beads, and cloth

17 5/8 in. x 14 9/16 in. (44.7 cm x 37 cm)
Gift of Katherine B. Twyeffort Greene and Susan Twyeffort Spoor

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 72.1.33
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing
Culture/Nationality: Plains Indians, Native American
Collection: Twyeffort Collection
Native Americans began to use traditional bead and quill embellishment on European-style vests starting in the 1890s. Beadwork and quillwork were primarily practiced by women for creative outlets and as an indication of industriousness. The colors and symbols could express important experiences or lore and particular patterns could identify tribes, families, or individuals. The gift of an intricately decorated vest like this one would be a meaningful expression of a mother's love and heritage to her child.

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