Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of girl's leggings
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of girl's leggings, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 16.5 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 1/2 x 3 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1938.a,b

The very short beaded leggings were intended to be seen below a skirt. They have buckskin ties/fringes at the side and a lane stitched beaded panel. The panel has a white field and four green rectangles with two dark blue squares inside, minus a white triangle, with a red outline. The green shapes are separated by a row of dark blue squares. The diamonds are made of dark blue and green triangles extend into the buckskin above the white panel. The white field extends higher near the open side. The design of four red triangles and a rectangle repeats twice.