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Excerpt from the Thaw Catalog: Forced by the high cost of imported silk, Ursuline nuns in colonial Quebec adopted the use of dyed moosehair from Indians in that region for their embroidery work. (c.f. Hodge 1973, fig.31-36; Dockstader 1966, cat.no. 247; Turner 1955, frontispiece; Thompson 1977 fig.59). In return, the nuns taught the Native women European embroidery techniques and floral patterns. Replacing the old geometric patterns these floral designs. In the decoration of moccasins with floral hair embroidery, the Wendat (Huron) women replaced the old type of front-seam moccasins by a northern type that has a vamp inserted into the front. The production of these gorgeously decorated moccasins became an important source of income for the Hurons in the early 19th century. Phelps 1976, p. 345, pl. 205, cat. no. 1632; Christie's (London) 1992, lot 129; Vincent 1995a, p.24.
height 3 in ; length 9.5 in ; width 3.5 in