Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of girl's leggings
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pair of girl's leggings, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 31 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 12 3/16 x 5 11/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1926.a,b

The short leggings were worn under a dress. The buckskin is slit to the beaded panel, to allow it to be folded down as a flap.

2007.1926.a has a small amount of yellow pigment. Both have a lane stitched beaded panel with a white field. There are two repeats of the same design in green and two repeats of that design in dark blue.

There is a green diamond with an orange square in the middle with a tan outline and orange bars above and below and a green triangle above and below with a rectangle of orange in the middle, outlined in tan. The same design repeats with dark blue in place of the green, red in place of orange, and light blue in place of tan. The panel is edged in a band of white blocks and red blocks, with thin dark blue stripes. There are black beads on the bottom edge of the leggings.