Bandolier Bag: Best of Both Worlds
Best of Both Worlds
Beaded and Embroidered Bandolier Bag by Martha Berry
Winner: Second Place, Cultural Items, Cherokee Art Market 2008
Materials: Glass beads and cotton thread on wool stroud, cotton, silk. To the extent possible, all materials are authentic to the early 19th century.
Size: Approx. 36”H x 16”W x 1”D
Dedicated to my grandmothers:
• Mattie Eaton
• Ethel Felt
The most famous 19th century Cherokee bandolier bag was a gift from Sam Houston to then-General Andrew Jackson. That bag is one of several made using a combination of appliqué beadwork and embroidery.
When I was just a little girl my non-Cherokee grandmother taught me to embroider. It was one of the greatest bonding experiences of my life and created a connection between the two of us that comforts me to this day.
I never had the pleasure of knowing my Cherokee grandmother, as she had passed away before I was born.
Beadwork has been my way of connecting with her and with all of my Cherokee ancestors.
The first time I saw a photograph of a Cherokee bandolier bag made using a combination of beadwork and embroidery, I knew I had to make one and dedicate it to those two very special women.
So, Mattie and Ethel . . . I love you, thanks for everything. mkb