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beaded dress
  • Plains peoples
  • beaded dress, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, sequins, pigment, metal, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 118 x 83 cm
    Object Height/Width: 46 7/16 x 32 11/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7069

The light colored buckskin dress has long fringe at the arm holes and shorter fringe at the side seams and the bottom edge. The wide band of beading at the front and back of the neck has a white field with stepped triangles in dark blue, white, red, and light blue and a dark blue vertical bar between each triangle. The two larger triangles on each shoulder are red and light blue with white detail. One side has two four-pointed stars in green with a red center and white detail. There are brown sequins between the points. A faint blue crescent is in the center below the stars. The other side has two leaf-like designs in pink and light blue. There is long, twisted buckskin fringe at regular intervals attached at this level. The bottom of the bodice has a sawtooth edge on one side and a scalloped edge on the other with brown sequins along the edge and metal bells at each point. Long, twisted buckskin fringe is attached just below the bells. There is a beaded scalloped row near the bottom in white with dark blue at the lowest point and red loops at the high points.