Currently on view
Object ID: 1938.769
cornhusk, wool, and leather
Native Arts acquisition fund
length: 9.875 in, 25.0825 cm; width: 7.5 in, 19.0500 cm
Native Arts-American Indian
Grace Nicholson [1877-1948] (Treasure House of Oriental ~Western Art Art Galleries), from Pasadena, CA, before 1938; Denver Art Museum, 1938.
Large, flat bags of this type were originally made as storage bags for food and woven of dogbane or Indian hemp—a natural insect deterrent. The broad surface provided a canvas for basketry artists eager to decorate such an open space, and the light tan color of cornhusks made an attractive contrast. Now artists use commercial wool yarn to create even bigger and bolder designs. A notable feature of these bags is the completely different design on each side.