Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance bustle
  • Plains peoples
  • dance bustle, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, wool, feathers, metal, buckskin, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 115 x 63 x 32 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 45 1/4 x 24 3/4 x 12 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1540

The feathered dance bustle has two dark yellow wool strips hanging down. The bundle of large feathers have small (formerly) white and dyed yellow feathers glued to the tips. Some have tufts of dark, probably ostrich, feathers tied on the ends with thread. The bundle is stitched to a cotton cloth that has light green stripes with red and white chevrons. Solid colored ties are sewn to the patterned panel.

The trailing strips are yellow wool panels, sewn to natural colored cotton, with metal bells on the edges. One red and one dark green woolen strip hang down with feathers, all originally bound with green wool and attached with buckskin. The same arrangement of feathers are stitched to the yellow wool as well. Some feathers have yellow cotton cloth on the end bound with red embroidery floss. These are later repairs.