Skirt - 2018.132.5_1_3K



Maker: Euro-Canadian?
Medium:Cotton cloth, naugahyde
Geography: Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia
Date: c. 1940
83 × 75 cm
Object number: 2018.132.5
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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