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Cradleboard wrapper
Anonyme - Anonymous
Eastern Woodlands
Aboriginal: Iroquois, Mohawk
1840-1860, 19th century
Stroud, silk ribbon, glass beads, cotton thread, metal sequins, paper
50.5 x 69 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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Cradleboard wrappers were designed to fold around the outside of a carved wooden cradleboard to help keep the baby snugly in place, and to add colour and beauty to the mother's appearance. This elaborately beaded wrapper was made in the 1850s, possibly in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. The delicate bird motifs on the wrapper are still popular. Today, beadworkers in Kahnawake make charming bird ornaments that are hung in the home, used as Christmas ornaments or sold to tourists.