OLD beaded dog blanket (tuppie) - incredible piece

OLD beaded dog blanket (tuppie) - incredible piece

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This dog blanket, probably from the late nineteenth or early twentieth century is a great example of exquisite Artwork. These pieces can be found in museums, e.g. in manitoba and others. Dog blankets, sometimes called tuppies, were made from wool or felt and decorated with beaded or silk-embroidered flowers, ribbons, yarn, and bells.

These blankets were intended for show, not for warmth or protection. Dog teams would be dressed up just prior to reaching a trading post, sometimes with the jingling bells announcing their impending arrival.

This blanket was probably made in Ontario, although unfortunately details or records on the community from which it originated are not available. Dog blankets appear to have originated with the Red River Métis, but the practice spread, and examples can be found from subarctic Cree and Dene communities.

This example is truly incredible. The beading is so detailed and the colors are still vibrant. It's in excellent condition considering the age - no beads are missing. 

Measurements: 25" x 21" (64 x 54 cm)

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