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Old 05-17-2017, 04:08 PM   #5
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Having a lane with one more or one less bead is not uncommon at all.
Saves the day really. I have not seen enough originals to recognize.

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Not following the shape of the edge on a mocc. What an odd idea, LOL. It won't even look like a beaded mocc.
Perhaps someone tried a very long time ago and ended up with what you argue below.

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My point is, like all artistic forms, tribal styles of beadwork have their stylistic conventions. These are thing defined by both the use and what "looks right." These conventions arise from practical and esthetic considerations. It's a little like asking why a Pieta always has Mary and Jesus's dead body; that's what the form requires to be a Pieta.
That is as close as it can be. This it "looks right" is convincing.


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Many of quillwork's conventions were transferred directly to beadwork.

I suspect that the reason for the direction change in quillwork is that it offers some resistance to the snagging and stresses during walking.

But, also it is esthetically satisfying to surround the foot with a band of a differing direction and pattern, like the contrast of the sky touching the earth.

Quilled moccs
Looking at the last example, I assume that the esthetic considerations are the more decisive factor.
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