Post by Diane Merkel on Jun 13, 2008 16:00:40 GMT -5
Parfleche is a hide -usually buffalo’s hide- dried by being stretched on a frame after the hair has been removed. Plains Indian headwomen, particularly from the Cheyenne tribe, use parfleche flat bags like the ones in the image to store and carry sacred medicines. The bags are about 40 x 35 cm. (15.7 x 13.7 in.). They are decorated with complex geometric motifs and symbols designed by the headwoman and executed by skillful women artists.
True. I find it odd the site says 'particularly Cheyenne' and also that it implies their use was for 'sacred medicine'. They were the equivalent of a suitcase, used for carrying just about anything that needed a container and came in all shapes and sizes. So beautiful!
Rawhide takes paint in a very unique way -- the colors become almost three dimentional. I love painting on rawhide, not that anything of merit develops.