TYPES OF BEADS

Native American Art - - BEADWORK/QUILLWORK -

Early Na­tive Amer­i­can bead­work was done with beads made from bones, stone and shells. These are still used to­day, but more com­mon is the tiny seed beads, im­ported from Europe. In­tro­duced to Na­tive com­mu­ni­ties via trade in the mid-19th cen­tury, these glass beads come in a va­ri­ety of col­ors and are most of­ten im­ported from Venice and the Czech Repub­lic.

“Look for the qual­ity of the glass beads, the tight­ness of the stitch, the tra­di­tional use of color and de­sign, as well as the ma­te­rial beaded or quilled upon—is it hand, brain tanned buck­skin?” —Jen­nifer Jesse Smith, Nambe Trad­ing Post

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