Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of women's leggings
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pair of women's leggings, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 40 x 17 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 15 3/4 x 6 11/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1937.a,b

The short buckskin leggings were intended to be seen below a dress. The buckskin is colored with a yellow pigment. There is a lane stitched beaded panel with a white field and green and white blocks banded around the top and bottom. There is a red line around the middle, with a medium blue and dark blue diamond. There are dark blue triangles above and below the diamond with a medium blue and red rectangle inside. That design alternates with another that has a dark blue rectangle crossing the red line, with a green triangle above and below, with a red and white rectangle inside. The white field extends higher near the side seam and has a vertical red line with the same dark blue and medium blue diamond from the first design.