Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Xhosa peoples
  • skirt, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: South Africa
  • cotton, animal skin, plastic, weaving, beading, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Length/Width: 90 x 95 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 7/16 x 37 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6757

The A-line style skirt is made from a re-purposed cotton blanket. It is light brown with an irregularly placed brown stripe (due to seams). It has two layers. Each layer has a strip of brown animal hide at the bottom edge.

It is decorated with four bands of two white zigzags with two light blue lines and appliqued brown cloth. One side panel is decorated with short beaded fringe in black, white, and red. The other side is decorated with two vertical white zigzags and red and black edging. The bottom edge of the bottom panel is decorated with two white zigzags and light blue lines. It has white pearlescent buttons for closure.