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quillwork

[kwil-wurk] /ˈkwɪlˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
a type of decoration using softened and usually dyed porcupine or bird quills.
2.
an American Indian handicraft or utility item decorated in this manner.
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  • Museums include quillwork, baskets, and other artwork of present day descendants of emigrant tribes.
  • The beads were much simpler to work with than quills and eventually replaced the traditional rawhide painting and quillwork.
Encyclopedia Article for quillwork

type of embroidery done with the quills of a porcupine, or sometimes with bird feathers. This type of decoration was used by American Indians from Maine to Virginia and westward to the Rocky Mountains. For all practical purposes the art has died out. Quills were used on tobacco and tinder bags, knife and paintstick cases, cradles, armulets, burden straps, tunics, shirts, leggings, belts, moccasins, arm and leg bands, robes, horse trappings, and birchbark containers.

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