Ceinture fléchée perlée (beaded plaited sash) - ROM2009_10546_2


Ceinture fléchée perlée (beaded plaited sash)

Maker: Huron-Wendat
Medium:Finger-woven, plaited wool and glass beads
Geography: Quebec, Canada
Date: 1825-1875
250 x 18.5 cm
Object number: 967.148
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. J. Harold Crang
Not on view

The First Nations technique of finger-weaving was adopted by early Quebec settlers (habitants) and this sash has become a Canadian iconic object. Ceinture fléchée refers to the arrowhead pattern. Here it is embellished during the weaving with “pearls” - white glass beads. Over 250 cm long, it was wrapped twice around the waist and tied with hanging fringes. The ceinture perlée was a luxury ornamental version of the more practical ceinture fléchée sash. These became important fur trade items.

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