Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of women's leggings
  • unknown Newe (Shoshone) maker
  • pair of women's leggings, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 49 x 20 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 19 1/4 x 7 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1929.a,b

The short buckskin leggings were intended to be seen below a dress. The lane stitched beaded panel has a white field with two repeats of the same design, separated by a row of cross outlines in red. There is a small green diamond with a yellow outline and a green triangle above and below, both outlined in yellow and dark blue. The thick medium blue chevrons above and below the triangles are also outlined in dark blue. There are dark green bars next to the small diamond in the center. There are red triangles around the top and bottom of the white field and a solid band of green around the bottom. The bottom edges of the leggings have a white band with yellow, dark blue, and red. The taller portion next to edge has buckskin ties/fringes. There are three repeats of a cluster of dark blue triangles, stacked with yellow, green, and red and a "V" shaped cluster of dark blue triangles.