Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted dress
  • unknown Plains maker
  • painted dress, late 1800s–1905
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 99 x 114 cm
    Object Height/Width: 39 x 44 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7114

The off-white cotton canvas dress has fringe at the neck, shoulder seams, ends of the arms and bottom of the dress. There is a brown-orange semicircle outlined in dark blue adjacent to the hole for the neck. The fringe at the neck is rubbed with same brown-orange color. The bodice portion of the dress is colored with a pale green. There is a small yellow circle with a brown-orange outline at the bottom of the semicircle on one side and below the larger semicircle on the other side. The diamonds are blue or brown-orange over the top of a more faint diamond and go around the semicircle.

There is a brown-orange diamond on each arm along with a thin line. There is brown-orange pigment at the sides of the skirt and along the bottom edge. All of the fringes appear to be rubbed with brown-orange pigment.