Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of women's leggings
  • unknown Cheyenne or Lakota maker
  • pair of women's leggings, late 1800s–1962
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, cotton, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 52.5 x 20.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 20 5/8 x 8 1/16 in
  • Gift of Westminster Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1931.a,b

The pair of buckskin and cloth leggings were intended to be seen below a dress. There is a wide band of unbleached cotton cloth at the top. The buckskin has green pigment. There is a lane stitched beaded panel around the bottom with buckskin fringes or ties. The panel has a white field with two repeats of the same design. The dark blue diamond has a red rectangle inside. The green crown-shaped object above and below is outlined in red with red lines coming out of the points. There is a dark blue triangle at the end of each red line, outlined in red. There is a row of small dark blue rectangles between the designs. The white panel extends slightly higher with three dark blue triangles, with green rectangles inside which alternate with green "T" shapes outlined in red. There is a white band around the very bottom and up the side with blocks of dark blue.