SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

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It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and I chose this Penobscot Indian powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Inspiration:

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Interpretation:

The color scheme of the inspiration piece is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings, but lots of texture with the beading and carvings. I started with accessories, including my textured espadrille flats, which fit the color scheme and the feel of the carvings. I then thought of my red-and-white shell earrings, to pull in the bits of red in the carvings, plus add more texture. Next came my black sun hat — which has a bendable rim — because of the leather-and-wood detail around the crown and the ribbing that reminded me of the Wampum shoulder belt. (You will see details of all these accessories in photos below as you scroll through the post.)

How to pull all these different pieces together? A classic black dress, of course!

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

We took photos in our backyard, against the back side of our sienna red fence. I thought the red tied in with the red bits in the carvings (and my earrings and lipstick), and the black iron bits on the back of the fence added yet more texture to the photos.

The last thing I added to my outfit was my cognac tie belt. But instead of leaving it hanging down, I tied it into a bow and moved the bow to the back.

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

And here’s a closeup of the accessories that started me out with this SIA inspiration outfit:

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Librarian for Life + Style | Black + tan + textures

Weather:  Hot and dry summer day

Where:  I plan to wear this to brunch with a friend — I just took photos early!

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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18 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

  1. Brenda N

    Great look, Jen. The LBD, hat & bag all echo the colors & elements of the inspiration piece so well & your shoes complement the strap and it’s geometric design perfectly. 🙂

    Reply
  2. Daenel Vaughn-Tucker

    How much do I love this outfit? It’s so simple but elegant. The fit and flare style is just perfect. The corded belt is a nice touch. I seriously want a dress like this! Great interpretation of the theme.

    Reply
  3. Kim

    It is so interesting to see your interpretation. I like the red accents and your hat(!). The dress is so becoming on you and your belt reversal is a thoughtful detail.

    Reply

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