Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of leggings
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of leggings, circa 1900
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 27 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 10 5/8 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1927.a,b

The pair of short buckskin leggings were meant to be visible below a dress. They have buckskin laces up one side. The lane stitched beaded panel on both is the same. It has a white field with a red stripe around the leg, intersecting two sets of two dark blue triangles, outlined in yellow and red, each with a small yellow square inside. The white field extends up the leg, next to the buckskin lace, and there are three dark blue triangles, outlined with yellow and red. The white side panel extends all the way to the bottom of the legging, and touches a thin white strip on the edge with dark blue rectangles with a yellow dot.