Thursday, August 02, 2007

Pearls from the Past

This pearl necklace, currently listed on eBay, is a beautiful view into the past. The collar is woven using a netting technique. What is particularly interesting to me is the edging which uses a style of weaving called "Scallop stitch" and was first described by Valerie Hector & Alice Scherer in their Summer 1998 article "South African Double-Faced Stitches" in Beadwork magazine. The article described Xhosa collar construction (the Xhosa are a group of indigenous people from South Africa).

The pearl collar is of either European or American origin and suggests construction of this style of collar may be a result of cross-cultural influences. To see this beautiful collar up close please click on the title above!


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