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Museum purchase, Gift of the Christensen Fund
An incomplete baby carrier (ties missing) made of two pieces of gray-green cotton plain weave stitched together and patterned with silk embroidery (chain and straight stitch). The design consists of closely spaced repeats of a single abstract motif combined to form an inverted T-shape. The "T" is bordered by a narrow border patterned with a simple floral scroll and a wider border in which the basic unit of the primary motif is repeated; three narrow, banded "guard" borders separate the borders from each other and from the central portion of the design. Embroidery colors are light orange, tan, and violet; the embroidery thread is plied. This example is unusually well worked with very regular, even stithing and alignment of motifs.