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Pouch Necklace - "Softee" by Terrill O'Brien (Mohawk)

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Price: $295.00
Item Number: TOB066

Terry O'Brien has drawn on her Mohawk heritage for this lovely beaded pouch with a raised pastel floral design on the front. The Iroquois in New York State are known for their elaborate raised beadwork.  This pouch has flowers of muted pastel colors along with a background of shimmering white beads. Within the predominately white 26” long strap are pastel beads.

Terry O'Brien makes her pouch necklaces from beads that are stitched together with no fabric backing. Using a flat gourd stitch known as a "peyote stitch", the beads are sewn one row at a time and stitched into every other bead on the preceding row. This allows the beads to stack up like bricks, fitting smoothly together to create an even, supple layer of beads. The necklace portion of a beaded pouch is not made separately or attached, but rather sewn as a continuous piece from the pouch.

Length of pouch with fringe 3 1/2", width 1 3/4"; Total hanging length: 15.75"