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one of a set of two dance aprons
  • United States
  • one of a set of two dance aprons, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • wool, silk, cotton, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 39.5 x 31 cm
    Object Height/Width: 15 9/16 x 12 3/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1386.01

This is one of a set of two small, square dance aprons. One is worn in front, the other in back.

2007.1386.01: This apron has a field of dark blue wool with light green and pink silk ribbons on the border, the loose ends forming a tassel at the bottom two corners. The top border is faded black cotton. The beaded decoration is a large light blue leaf-like design in the center, with red line, a white outline, and half a yellow flower at the base of the leaf. White beads that look like stems attach the large leaf to two smaller leaves of orange, with a white outline, yellow veins and a light blue flower at the base. Each corner has a red flower with a white outline and light blue center.