Eyes of Wisdom, 18 x 24, oil on linen
This painting depicts and older woman wearing a dress made of red trade cloth. The dress is adorned with elk teeth and beads.
Trade Cloth was first introduced to American Indians during the late 1700's. Trading posts were established across the country and European textiles were traded for furs and animal skins. Making clothes from buffalo hides or deerskin was a long and difficult process. Trade Cloth became a highly desirable commodity as it was much easier to cut and sew.
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