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Diamonds on the soles of her shoes…

My to do list is trying to swallow me whole this week, so no long rambles today … Instead, I offer this pic of some lovely mocs we saw on a recent road trip.
They’re antiques, done in “lazy” stitch (LOL, what a misnomer!) and a sweet example of traditional beadwork. Not sure if these are plateau or plains work? Either way, I love these old time colors — check out that greasy green & the Cheyenne pink. IIRC, the red beads are old Venetian whitehearts as well
I’m intrigued by the fact that the soles are completely beaded. I wonder what it would feel like to walk in these shoes?

3 thoughts on “Diamonds on the soles of her shoes…

  1. I *thought* ones with fully beaded soles were for burial, but I don’t know if that’s right or not.

    It would be a weird sort of crunchy walking! Slippery?

  2. The shoes are pretty but I’ll bet Dulcey is right. It makes sense. Hope you are still enjoying your shoes. I have the greasy green beads. I love them.

  3. I agree Freebird, Dulcey’s idea makes sense. After reading it, I looked around to see what I could find about the significance of mocs with beaded soles.

    From what I could find, it looks like different tribes use them for different cermonies — honoring cermonies, adoptions & yes, burials too. So I guess these were made for someone or something special! :o)

    I’d treasure them if they were mine, but they’re not — a store owner was kind enough to let me snap the photo.

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