The Anishinaabeg incorporated accessible trade items, such as glass beads, string, needles, velvet and other fabrics into their beadwork. This reduced time spent crafting traditional materials used to decorate their clothing and accessories, and allowed the Anishinaabeg to spend more time creating intricate designs.
Floral and geometric designs were the most popular, as can be seen from in items in the Newman Collection.
The Anishinaabeg would often gift beaded objects, like bandolier bags, to other tribal nations and European settlers. These bags were tokens of friendship that strengthened ties between two people or groups.
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