Intricate Beadwork Adorns Handmade Mardi Gras Suits by Demond Melancon


For the past three decades, Louisiana-based artist Demond Melancon has created highly detailed Mardi Gras Indian suits using millions of hand-sewn small glass beads. Each suit takes several months to create and features custom patches that tell stories about African and American history.

Images of Nyabinghi warriors, Haile Selassie, African nature scenes, and slavery are strung together bead by bead to form decorative costumes that weigh up to 150 pounds and are worn from 9am to 6pm on Mardi Gras. Frills and feathers frame the complex beadwork and sequins to complete the one-of-a-kind single purpose suits.[…]

Source: Intricate Beadwork Adorns Handmade Mardi Gras Suits by Demond Melancon

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1 Response to Intricate Beadwork Adorns Handmade Mardi Gras Suits by Demond Melancon

  1. I am impressed by his fine artwork!

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