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Jewelry made by: Theresa Semien Gobert

Jewelry made by: Theresa Semien Gobert

Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Jewerly Making

Quillwork is one of the oldest form of Native American embroidery, and jewelry making. Porcupine quills are soaked then flattened and dyed to give them color. The quills are then arranged into patterns, usually geometric. Quillwork was the preferential method of decorating moccasins, vests, and clothing up until the mid 1800's. Today, the Attakapas still use quill for jewelry making, and can be seen at every gathering, or event where our displays are located