Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bau loxabigua

Crow for 'Laying Down Beads'. 

Friday I drove to White Sulphur Springs MT to listen to a presentation on Crow Traditional Women's Clothing by Mardell Plainfeather. She was fascinating--talking about growing up Crow, her mother's traditional dress and the clothing she has made for her family.

These are pictures of a dress she made for dancing when she was 15. The beading at the neckline and on the sleeves lays down flat on the tanned deer hide dress. I would refer to the technique as couching. The beads that edge of the scallops, Bau loeclougua (Crow meaning Making Beads Stand Up), are coiled back on themselves and then tacked at the base of the loop to the deer hide.


  1. Thank you for sharing another piece of information about North America's textile and artisan heritage Margo.
    Hope the Quilts on the Lawn Show went well.

  2. Thanks for sharing this piece and the information, its a great piece, love the beads work.