This beaded headdress was worn by a Kanien’kehá:ka man or woman in 1860 in honour of the visit of the prince of Wales. The elegant motif was produced by using a relief beading technique which requires starting by sewing a paper pattern of the floral motif on the skin or fabric, then filling it in with large numbers of beads, using a loose stitch to create a bouclé or relief effect.

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