Description : Includes greasy yellow seed beads and some metallic beads and the beadwork is sinew sewn to the native tanned hide. The beaded strip may be older than the blanket and a favorite strip could be transferred and sewn on to new blankets as old blankets became worn. The Stroud was used by the Northern Plains tribes starting in the Early Reservation period around Unable to follow the animal herds and forced by US government policy to settle at a single location, the Sioux and other tribes relied on trade cloth and manufactured blankets from the new trading posts to substitute for the hide available through hunting in pre-reservation period.
Among the Ndebele peoples of the Northern Transvaal region of South Africa, it is the women who create distinctive and beautiful beadwork and mural paintings. Their designs tend to compact forms, primarily geometric, but may include modern objects or symbols, such as the letters on this example. Beadwork is used primarily for women's ceremonial garments.