Another article frequently seen at Pueblo ceremonial dances is the dance sash. The old sashes in museum collections were hand-woven and brocaded in a style known as “Hopi brocade.” This technique is a form of soumak weaving in which the weft threads are wrapped around specific warps as they move from side to side. This technique produces a densely woven geometric pattern.
Read about early looms.
Today, people rarely weave dance sashes. Instead, embroiders use a decorative technique that replicates the effect of the Hopi brocade and fills the void caused by the loss of the earlier textile technique.
See more of Lydia Chinana's dance sash.
Dance sash made by Lydia Chinana (1996).
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