Inspired by spending time in nature with her family, Inspired Natives™ artist Sarah Agaton Howes (Anishinaabe) combines traditional Ojibwe beadwork designs with a modern color palette in this delicate floral wool scarf.
The wild plum design is considered an “Old Style” floral in Ojibwe art. With simplified shapes and repeated patterns, wild plum designs were ideal for beading, as with even only a few bead colors an artist could make a work of true beauty. The design on this scarf—adapted from patterns and techniques over a hundred years old—brings the wild plum design into the twenty-first century.
“What I love about our designs is the way our plants are turned into line work. When we look closely we see the foods and medicines of our community,” says Sarah.
- Made of wool
- 67" x 22"
- One sided print
- Dry clean only
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Ojibwe designs are known for their floral motifs, reflecting the foods and medicines of the community. An example of traditional Ojibwe botanical design is shown on this pair of award-winning moccasins sewn and beaded by Sarah. Sarah used glass beads and porcupine quills to illustrate a strawberry and flower; the shoes are made of brain-tanned deer hide, a wool army blanket, and fabric strips from her daughter’s jingle dress.