This sculpture is 20" x 8" x 3"

Inspired by the beautiful rainbow of colors seen in many Oneida women’s outfits, whether traditional or fancy, we chose to name this piece "Rainbow." During the 1880'sand early 1900's, Oneida women earned an important part of the family income by selling their artwork to non-Natives at tourist’s centers. Oniedas and other Iroquois created anew style, which featured floral designs composed of glass beads in every color. Raised beaded designs were applied to new shapes such as handbags, pincushions, needle cases, and wall pockets. Most of these meticulous creations were intended to be worn as accessories to women's clothing or displayed in Victorian parlors. The method by which a build-up decorative surface was applied to an object was entirely traditional. Oneidas regarded bead working as a gift from the Creator to teach patience and humility and to be shared. The Oneidas are one of the only Woodland area tribes to use pink and purple in addition to primary colors...therefore utilizing all the colors of the rainbow.

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