Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of kurdaitcha (feather sandals)
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • pair of kurdaitcha (feather sandals), late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • human hair, emu feathers
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 6 x 15 x 32 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 2 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3683.a,b

The pair of sandals is made with a footbed made of human hair with feathers stuck into it, covering all the surfaces. There is one strap of dark, twisted human hair across the top.