August 25, 2013

Hand-beaded Moccasins


Native Alaskan Mabel Pike, an elder of the Tlingit clan, enjoyed doing needlework her whole life. Eventually, she specialized in beaded moccasins, with extraordinary results! She used traditional designs from her Tlingit culture, and created her own patterns as well. Happy to hand down the customs of her tribe, she even taught beadwork courses at Stanford University.

You are sure to enjoy hearing Mabel tell the story of 
her talent and passion in this fascinating video by Etsy!

Mabel passed away at age 92, a year after making this video. 
How wonderful for her to have left the legacy of these beautiful handcrafted moccassins!

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