Signed “Lonie” this was made by the mother of noted Navajo jeweler Lonn Parker’s sons. Small leather pouches were used to store amulets or cornmeal, and worn on the person at all times. (Cornmeal is used by Navajos for blessings and prayers; Zuni might carry tiny fetishes for protection or hunting luck.)
This elaborately fringed version is really meant to be a fashion accessory, worn around the neck or tied to a belt. Handmade in its entirety, the dark olive green leather is embellished with antiqued brass beads on either side, with a strap of more antiqued brass, deep maroon, and black beads, for a rich, earthy palette. An iridescent abalone shell circle centers the flap. Hand cut leather fringe forms a disciplined border at bottom, while untamed, longer fringe erupts decoratively from each side.
A great accessory for those fashionable cowboy boots and/or suede jacket, or just as a stylish accent almost any casual, but stylish, outfit.