Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Xhosa peoples
  • skirt, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Africa
  • cotton, pigment, weaving, dyeing, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 66.5 x 131 cm length measured while folded
    Object Length/Width: 26 3/16 x 51 9/16 in length measured while folded
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6756

The square of cotton cloth was repurposed from a blanket with dark stripes that was rubbed with dark orange pigment. One half of the square is beaded with white zigzags and a light blue line, or two white overlapping zigzags (forming irregular diamonds) with light blue on either side. Three edges of the beaded portion are edged in red, black, and white beads. When the square is folded in half, the back panel has one beaded edge with overlapping white zigzags and a light blue border, and black, white, and red edging.