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Sioux Artist

Leggings, c. 1880-1890
Beads on leather
15 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (39.37 x 18.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2015a,b
Leggings with wide beadwork bands around the edges and up the sides. Narrow white and blue beadwork edging along the bottom and up the sides. Decorated with red and blue step-pyramids on white.

glass beads and leather

The Sioux beadwork format originally consisted of simple geometric patterns, ofthen including isosceles trangles, worked on a light ground. Blue and red on a white ground were the most frequently used combinations. After the 1870s, Sioux design became much more complex (Cat. No. 249). Lazy stitching is the most widely used technique in Sioux work. The patterns of the beadwork on leggings, in ctrast to the decoration of dresses (Cat. No. 135) is usually more complex (Wissler, 1904, p. 253).
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 26 (illustrated/bw) fig. 32.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. (39.37 x 18.1 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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