Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cornhusk bag
  • Nez Percé peoples
  • cornhusk bag, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Idaho?, United States
  • cornhusk, wool?, buckskin, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 23.5 x 20.3 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 1/4 x 8 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7427

The rectangular bag is woven from possible wool warp and twined with cornhusk on the exterior. The decorative pattern is created with false embroidering of dyed cornhusks. On one side the pattern is five horizontal, double pointed arrow shapes with the points toward the center. The colors are purple, red, and blue-green. On the other side the pattern is two columns of four eight-pointed star or flower shapes. Inside each shape is a rectangle in a different color than the points. The colors are purple, red and blue-green on this side as well. At the opening of the bag there is a long buckskin tie, pulled through a hole near the edge. There are also three small holes where other ties had been.