Specializing in Native American Crafts Since 1916

Parfleche Bag

Size: 14" L2.75" W27" H
SKU: 900149729




Native American rawhide container embellished by painting. Envelope-shaped parfleches have historically been used to contain items such as household tools or food (i.e. dried meat or pemmican). The bags are usually decorated with a distinctive style of graphic artwork often symbolizing landscape features such as rivers and mountains. Historically, women were the main creators of parfleches, first painting stretched-out raw hides, then shaping them into their final form.

Condition: Some paint fading, wear commensurate with age. Scrapes and small cuts from preparing the hide.

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