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pair of women's leggings
  • Plains peoples
  • pair of women's leggings, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Plains, North America
  • buckskin, pigment, cloth, metal, beading
  • Object Height/Width: each 40 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width: each 15 3/4 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0436.a,b
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Description

This pair of short buckskin leggings was meant to cover from knee to ankle. There are cloth ties at the outside top of each. The legging body is one piece of buckskin, wrapped around the leg with a pointed flap on the lateral aspect that occupies the top half and then hangs loosely. The flap has a white beaded edge. The legging has a twisted fringe border from the midpoint to the bottom edge. There is a beaded border along the fringed edge (on the front only) and the bottom edge. The beaded border has a white field. Triangles in bands of dark blue, light blue, and metal centers alternate with triangles in bands of red, light blue, and metal centers. The back side shows the buckskin ties which make the leggings form fitting.

The buckskin is all pigmented yellow, including the twisted fringe and the very short fringe at the bottom of the leggings. The off-white cloth ties have some yellow pigment as well, though it is probably due to transfer.