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    Natalie Miller

    Surround No. 1 Painting

    Surround No. 1 Painting

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    A part of a series called “Surround ” No. 1 

    Acrylic paint on canvas

    4" x 4" x 1.5"

    Signed and dated 2022


    This series is meant to represent a Ribbon Skirt, which can be worn everyday or at powwows. It is beautiful, in part because of the long, colorful ribbons which adorn the skirt. Initially, layers of ribbons were sewn on the edges of cloth, replacing painted lines on hide clothing and blankets. By the close of the 18th century, Native seamstresses created much more intricate appliqué ribbon work designs. 

    The history of ribbon used to adorn clothing within indigenous people has been documented for over 400 years. Silk ribbons, brought to North America by European traders, inspired a new, uniquely Native American art form. Mi’kmaq people created ribbon appliqué as early as 1611. Many ordinary objects from Europe had a powerful market value for American Indian tribes. Such is the case with silk ribbons, which were used by Woodland Indians to create a form of appliqué decoration not seen before in Europe but by the beginning of the 19th century, this unique style of decoration among several tribes began. The first recorded instance of ribbon work appliqué was on a Menominee wedding dress made in 1802. Ribbon work reached its peak in the last quarter of the 19th century, having moved out from its epicenter in the Great Lakes to tribes in the Prairies, Plains and Northeast. Those tribes who traded furs with the French are most known for their ribbon work, such as the Kickapoo, Mesquakie, Miami, Odawa, Ojibwa, Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Potawatomi, and Quapaw, but the practice has spread to many other tribes.


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