Reproduction loom quilled bag c.1775. The original of this bag is housed in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford UK. This was a labor of love project after first seeing the original back in 2010. Every detail of this unique object was examined as closely as possible over the course of those 11 years in order to recreate a bag that was as faithful to the original as humanly possible. It consists of 12 individual loomed panels sewn onto a brain tanned bag and is fully lined. Every warp, weft, and quill had to be sorted and carefully measured several times during prep work ahead of assembly and while the panels were being constructed so that the dimensions could be met consistently. The original has some damage and a significant degree of fading in the lighter colored portions due to he properties of original dye materials, age of the bag,and storage conditions. All of which were considered during planning and accounted for in the finished piece. The most striking feature is the use of blue. Blue as an natural indigenous dye material has not been identified in the material culture of the northeast at the time, however blue derived from boiling the color out of used textiles is. Production of indigo blue dye from “worn green baize” is an established practice in the Great Lakes by the period in question. This blue color is not at all uncommon in original 18th century quillwork ornamentation and can be found on dozens of quilled objects. It was by the more well preserved objects that the colors on this bag were extrapolated.
Dimensions: 7.5”L (10”L w/ cones and hair) x 7.25”W
Materials: Dyed porcupine quills, dogbane and hemp fiber, silk ribbon, tinned sheet iron cones, dyed deer hair, glass beads.
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