1930s – 1940s Navajo Rug Bandolier Bag
- 1930s – 1940s Navajo Rug Bandolier Bag
- This Is A Large Dance Bag To Be Used In A Navajo Yei Bei Chei Ceremony.
- Made of a 1940s Navajo rug fragment woven of handspun Navajo wool in natural colors of red analine dye.
- We do not know if the very light blue stripes are a vegetal or analine dye.
- The entire bag is neatly trimmed in braintanned deer hide, all sewn with cotton cordage.
- A great old Zuni pin is attached to the bag with deer hide thongs.
- It is German silver with tear drop and round shapes of natural turquoise.
- Brown and white matrix can be seen.
- The silver work is bordered and rows are separated with twisted silver wire.
- Outside of the silver backing is scalloped-cut with a jeweler’s saw where liquid silver drops accent the stones.
- A lot of German silver (nickel silver) was used in the 1930s and 1940s.
- It was used by the Navajos as it was more affordable than sterling.
- A long handle of buffalo hide that can be worn across the chest is thonged onto the bag.
- The bag has a fold over of 6 3/8″ top flap for closure.
- The bag with its deerhide fringe, measures 21 5/8″ long x 11 3/4″ wide.
- With the strap, the bag hangs 46 1/4″ long.
- There are no holes on the rug textile.
- Native American Textiles