Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of leggings
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • pair of leggings, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, pigment, silk fabric, feathers, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: each 73 x 29 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 28 3/4 x 11 7/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1319.a,b

Pair of buckskin leggings completely covered with a yellow pigment except a 2-3 inch band around the top. There is long, twisted buckskin fringe on the side seam, midway to the bottom edge. There is a long, narrow buckskin flap with a short buckskin fringe tassel on the end, which originally had purple dyed feathers. The facing sides of the buckskin is lined with silk fabric (2007.1319.a has one red, one blue. 2007.1319.b has two sides of a very faded blue of a different fabric). Single fringes extend to the top edge, on the front of the seam, and alongside the flap.