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bandolier bag
  • United States
  • bandolier bag, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, wool, yarn, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 87.5 x 27.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 34 7/16 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1381

The bandolier bag is backed with natural cotton, black twill edging, and black wool lining. The body, strap, and "fringe" of the bag are loom beaded. Yarn pom pons in red and blue decorate the smaller loom beaded strips which hang from the bottom of the bag and the bottom of the strap. The beaded strap has a green field with red and white eight pointed stars and geometric leaf-like designs outlined in yellow, but filled with black, red, and light blue. The "fringe" strips are decorated with alternating eight pointed stars of red with a yellow center and four black spots, and light blue eight pointed stars with a yellow center and four red spots. The body of the bag repeats the geometric leaf-like design found in the strap, but on a larger scale. It is outlined in yellow, filled with black, light blue, red, and dark blue. Two leaves face a center leaf design, outlined in yellow, but filled with red and green stripes. The design of three leaves is repeated twice, once above, once below. The edges of the beaded body are decorated in the eight pointed stars described for the fringe.