Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wearing blanket
  • unknown Potawatomi maker
  • wearing blanket, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Great Lakes, United States
  • wool, silk ribbon, nickel silver, appliqué, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 130 x 171 cm
    Object Height/Width: 51 3/16 x 67 5/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1154
Label Text

Wearing blanket with a black wool fabric field. Three edges (each side and bottom) have silk ribbons in red, green, purple, black, and white sewn in an abstract floral design. Four rows of nickel silver concho-like pins are sewn parallel to the bottom. Every other pin on the bottom row has a star pattern, the remainder is undecorated. The middle of the black field has two rosettes made from ribbons of purple and green. Each rosette has silk ribbons dangling, probably red, white, and blue, though now faded and many are missing.