Preserving the art and history of perlage
New Orleans, LA, September 6, 2012: Dames de Perlage is a new all-female marching krewe, made up of a community of strong women who possess the soul and culture of New Orleans. Charter members hope to grow the group into a prominent social aid and pleasure club. The Dames will be choosing non-profits to partner with for service and fundraising. Members are still being recruited for the 2013 Mardi Gras season, but deadlines are looming.
The purpose of the group is to preserve the art and history of perlage, French for beadwork, used by royalty and Captains of traditional Mardi Gras krewes, and by Big Chiefs, Spy Boys, and other Mardi Gras Indians.
Each member will create her own costume, consisting of a beaded bustier and a headpiece portraying her own unique theme, during monthly Sacred Perlage Circles, leading up to Mardi Gras 2013. Dames de Perlage will march in several Mardi Gras parades during the 2013 season.
Past meetings have included demonstrations by Mardi Gras Indians, who taught the Dames the Indian style of beading. The next meeting is on Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 3:00 pm, at Funky Nola, 1700 N. Broad St., New Orleans.