Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cornhusk bag
  • unknown Nimiipuu (Nez Percé) maker
  • cornhusk bag, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Idaho, United States
  • cornhusk, wool, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 10 1/16 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1315

The bag of woven cornhusks has decorations formed from dyed wool yarn.

One side has a pattern of two vertically stacked diamonds, with a triangle on the top and bottom. The triangles are pink with a thick outline of red. The top diamond is pink with a light brown border and small white diamond in the center with a red square. The bottom diamond has a red center, small white diamond, inside a light blue diamond with a pink border. There are two open crosses of red with a white center.

The other side has a center red rectangle with six white triangles stacked vertically. There is a triangle on each side of the rectangle. The triangles on the long sides are pink with a light blue outline, and chevrons of red and white, resembling arrow fletching. The triangles on the short sides of the rectangle are white with a thick pink outline and a small red cross.

The corners of the bag have clusters of three light blue triangles, with pink lining the apex sides of each triangle.