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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: 41 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 1/8 x 12 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1386.02

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

2007.1386.02: The 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 orange leaf design with yellow veins and a light blue flower at its base. White beaded stems attach to two more light blue leaf designs, with red veins and a yellow flower at the base. Each corner has a light blue flower with a white outline and a yellow center. The buckskin tie is still threaded through cotton.