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Panel bags are so named because they have a panel of quillwork or beadwork attached to the lower edge of the pouch area. Panel bags were secured at the waist under a belt. The bags were often referred to as “fire bags” among fur traders because they held the flint and steel used to make fires. By the 1820s, Red River Métis women had access to European trade materials such as cloth, glass beads, and silk ribbon. With these new materials women artists explored new design possibilities and beaded abstract and floral elements on the cloth portion of the bag.
height 15.5 in ; width 9.5 in ; depth 2.5 in