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beaded dress
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • beaded dress, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 113 x 73 cm
    Object Height/Width: 44 1/2 x 28 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7070

The light colored buckskin dress has a wide lane-stitched strip across the shoulders and splitting around the neck hole. The beading has a whtie field with two diamonds on either side in dark blue, yellow, medium blue, and red with a red line throughout and dark blue squares near the edges. The thinner bands at the front and back are also white with yellow and dark blue squares and red and medium blue triangles. There are crescent and star shapes drawn on the bodice on one side. The two flower designs are dark red, yellow, and light blue with white and green detail. The other side has two flower-like designs with red and medium blue vertical stripes, green leaves and white and dark blue. The thin white bad near the waist has yellow and dark blue squares and red and medium blue triangles. There is a scalloped line near the hem in white with red and medium blue striped blocks and medium blue triangles between the scallops.

There is buckskin fringe under the bodice at the bottom edge of the sleeve and at the sides of the bottom. The edges of the sleeves and the bottom are slit into very short fringe.