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–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, cotton, wool, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 90 x 44 cm width at bottom, includes fringe
    Object Length/Width: each 35 3/8 x 17 5/16 in width at bottom, includes fringe
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1187.a,b
Label Text

These buckskin leggings have cotton lining and ties. They have a band of white lane stitching with blocks of dark blue and green around the side and bottom edge, with green fringe. The leg tapers with stitching that has natural colored buckskin fringe decorated with yellow beads. The flare near the bottom edge between fringes is decorated with four repeats of lane-stitched open circles with two feather-like shapes in blue and white beads. The bottom-most repeat has the circle filled with red wool. The bottom (non-flared) portion for the ankle has a second row of lane stitching in white with blocks of dark blue and green and a second row of green fringe.