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two-hide dress
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • two-hide dress, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, pigment, cotton, deer fur, beads, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 123 x 120 cm
    Object Height/Width: 48 7/16 x 47 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2767
Label Text

The buckskin dress has short, flap-like sleeves and a flared skirt. The skirt is colored with yellow pigment. A flap of buckskin folded down around the neck and yoke. Short buckskin strips with large beads dangle at regular intervals. The beads are a variety of colors: white, medium blue, light green dark red, light blue. A strip of dark orange cotton cloth is tied near each shoulder. One side of the flap has a tuft from the deer tail hanging in the center.

A thin strip of red beads separates the top of the dress from the skirt. The hem of the skirt is scalloped. One band of lane stitched beading follows the line. It has a white field with wide diagonal stripes of black and red. Two long buckskin tassels with six beads per strand hang near hip level on one side and two tassels hang from the red beaded strip on the other. There is medium length buckskin fringe around the hemline and along the side seams.