Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of women's leggings
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of women's leggings, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: each 30 x 16.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 11 3/4 x 6 1/2 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1928.a,b

The short buckskin leggings were meant to be seen below a dress. There is a lane-stitched beaded panel on both. It has a white field with two repeats of the same design. There is a green diamond with a dark blue outline and yellow rectangle in the middle with dark blue triangles above and below with a green rectangle in the middle and a red and white line. There are red bars between the triangles and diamonds. A red vertical line connects a series of small red diamond outlines. There is a solid green band around the bottom of the leg, above the bottom edge of the red and white squares. The white field extends higher near the tied (or fringed) side, and has three dark blue triangles, each with a red rectangle and separated by a red rectangle outline.