Traditional Cherokee Ladies Purse

Title: Little Feet’s Cherokee Purse

Materials: Glass beads on wool; silk; handmade and period authentic brass closure

Size: Approx. 6 1/2 “ H x 6” W x ˝” D (excluding handle)

Early 19th century Cherokee women carried small beaded purses. They were treasured and handed down from mother to daughter as family heirlooms. There are a number of examples of beaded, 19th Century, purses that are still owned by Cherokee families. However, some of them have certain characteristics that indicate non-Cherokees may have made them.

Between 2005 and 2007, however, several examples of these charming little purses, known to be Cherokee made, prior to the Removal, have surfaced. Pretty, dainty and feminine, these little purses make wonderful 21st century accessories for powwow regalia or evening gowns. They also display beautifully in shadow boxes.