• Ladies of beadwork

    The purpose of the Dames de Perlage is to preserve the art and history of perlage so often used in costuming during the carnival seasonby kings, queens, maids, Big Chiefs, Spy Boys and other Mardi Gras Indians. Read More
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About the Dames

The purpose of the Dames de Perlage is to preserve the art and history of perlage so often used in costuming during the carnival season by kings, queens, maids, Big Chiefs, Spy Boys and other Mardi Gras Indians.
Our preservation of this culture will begin as many Mardi Indians begin, on Ash Wednesday. A year long process to create each costume by the Dames de Perlage member will begin with a story board, art direction, bead and supply purchase, design and perlage circles until the final costume is complete for the next carnival season. The costumes will consist of one complete bead covered bustier and headdress. 

Our mission is to give awareness to this dying art and tradition by reveling throughout the city of New Orleans during the carnival season and for special non-profit events. We also hope to create a community of strong women who possess the soul and culture of New Orleans and can represent the epitome of a New Orleans Lady of Beadwork, Dame de Perlage.

Our vision of the Dames de Perlage is to grow into a prominent Social Aid and Pleasure Club providing us with opportunities to march in some of the major New Orleans and metropolitan area parades. We also hope to present events to the community such as costume showings in art galleries throughout the city, appearances and so on, to raise awareness for charities throughout the metropolitan New Orleans area.