This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Art4Moore Foundation, and the Sewing Machine Project.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Learning the "Uptown" Style

This week, students began learning the "Uptown" style of sewing a Mardi Gras Indian costume. Walter Landry, who has masked with the Golden Arrows and the Golden Blades Mardi Gras Indian Tribes, is serving as instructor for the next two weeks. During the next two weeks, students will learn how to sew both a patch and a brooch. Patches and brooches are important foundation pieces when creating an Uptown style Mardi Gras Indian suit. Patches are created by beading pictures onto canvas. Brooches, which are added to suits as jewelry-like adornment, are also created on canvas using gemstones and rhinestones.

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