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Native American Dance Regalia Beaded Garters 1920's

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These amazing wool braided and beaded garters were part of a collection of things acquired from the Great Lakes Region. They are typically made by the tribal woman to be worn by the men as part of the dance regalia. Decorative garters were worn just below below each knee. They consist of a band of beads from 2 to 4 inches in width. On each end there are colored wool tassels. These tassels are passed around the leg and tied in a bow-knot in front. They are believed to be about 90 years old and possibly come from the Ojibwa Tribe. They are in good shape overall with some small sections coming apart. (See photo #3) These garters are exceptionally hard to find and would make a remarkable addition to a collection. The photos do not do them justice as their colors are still bright. (photo #5 is the best). Sky blue, dark blue, rust, and gold beads in a beautiful intricate pattern. Measurement of the beaded portion is 11 3/4" and including the wool braids the entire length is 28". Garter is 3 1/2 " wide.

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Native American Dance Regalia Beaded Garters 1920's