M9812 | Case
Anonyme - Anonymous
1875-1900, 19th century
Birchbark, silk, moosehair, cotton thread, dyes
5 x 18.4 cm
Gift of the Estate of Miss Anne McCord
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the village of Lorette was a frequent destination for visitors, mainly British army officers and their wives, who were drawn there out of curiosity. Throughout the 19th century, Huron-Wendat women played a major role in the fashioning of attractive objects intended for sale to visitors who wanted a reminder of their trip to Lorette. The tourist art of this era is characterized by the ingenuity with which Huron women produced Victorian-inspired objects, both common and whimsical. Objects such as this handkerchief case looked European but were made from traditional materials using Huron-Wendat styles and decorative techniques.
This pink silk handkerchief case has a bottom and flaps made of birchbark. The case could also be used to hold gloves. Its embroidered floral motifs are elaborate and the colours from plant dyes are vivid.
Cases such as this were made in Wendake for sale to tourists visiting that community or Quebec City.
This case was made between 1875 and 1900.
Huron-Wendat women were inspired by Victorian-era fashions in creating objects like this one, so rich in artistry.