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Plains Indian
Primary



Gauntlets

1900-1950
Leather with glass beads

15 1/16 x 12 1/2 in. (38.26 x 31.7 cm)
Gift of Katherine B. Twyeffort Greene and Susan Twyeffort Spoor

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 72.1.30
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Clothing and Adornments; Clothing; Accessories
Culture/Nationality: Plains Indians, Native American
Collection: Twyeffort Collection
For the native people of the Great Plains, personal adornment through skillful bead or quillwork often expressed identity and culture though colors and designs. Contact with Europeans introduced new materials in the form of glass beads, cloth, and thread, as well as new styles of garments, such as gloves and vests. These colorful leather gloves, embellished with flowers and beaded fringe, may have been part of a dance or rodeo costume. Study of objects such as these reveals themes of personal expression, cultural adaptation, and the spread of trade networks in American and Europe.

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