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child's dress
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • child's dress, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 43 x 40 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 7/8 x 15 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1449
Label Text

The buckskin dress is for a small girl. The shoulders and the top of the sleeves are a single lane-stitched beaded panel. The field is medium blue with a yellow stripe from wrist to wrist and around the neck interrupted with dark blue. The center has a rectangle, striped in yellow and red, outlined in dark blue. On either side of the rectangle, there is a yellow rectangle with two small dark blue squares inside, and a dark blue triangle, apex out, on each side. There is a second small dark blue triangle on the top and bottom.

The bottom of the skirt is also beaded, in two bands of medium blue, with three striped dark blue, yellow, and red blocks in each band.

There is short buckskin fringe at the top of the skirt, down the side seams, and at the bottom of the skirt.