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Stately Elegance

October 20, 2014

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Last year H and I visited the Denver Museum of Art while in Colorado with family.  One of my favorite exhibits was a presentation of button blankets, ceremonial outerwear worn by Northwest Coastal Tribes.  These hand-stitched capes were made of wool blankets and embellished with buttons, abalone, mother-of-pearl, and other small shells.  The designs and crests identify the wearer’s family history.  It was a gorgeous display of vibrant colors, textures, and stories just calling to be touched (which we couldn’t) and admired (which we did).

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