Blouse - 2018.132.4_1_3K



Maker: Euro-Canadian and Cree or Anishinaabeg
Medium:Cotton and wool cloth, glass beads, naugahyde
Geography: Beaded panels from Manitoba or Saskatchewan, blouse from Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia
Date: late 19th century and c. 1940
76 × 69 cm
Object number: 2018.132.4
Credit Line: Gift of Michael and Honor de Pencier
Not on view

Believed to be part of a single outfit composed of hat, bag, belt, skirt and blouse (2018.132.1-5). Based on stylistic criteria, the beadwork dates to the late 19th, early 20th centuries. Made by Haudenosaunee, Cree and/or Anishinaabe women, these were recycled on to the cotton skirt and blouse. These were sewn on a machine and the fringe is of Naugahyde. The latter material came in to usage in the late 1930s. The traces of ochrous red colour on the blouse and skirt appear to be grease paint transferred from the skin. Based on the collection history, this suggests that the wearer was masquerading as an Indigenous girl. The outfit was assembled in the Maritimes.

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