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Cheyenne Artist



Dress, c. 1870-1880
Leather and beads
x 48 13/16 in. ( x 124 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P0606a
Two pieces of soft buckskin sewn together. Top section is dyed yellow with a beaded band, and the skirt section has two rows of beaded fringe. Beaded band and heavy fringe on bottom. Good example of South Plains style.

Materials
leather, beads and dye

Commentary
Cheyenne dress construction and ornamentation conformed to strict traditional patterns. The yoke of this dress is painted yellow with natural pigment, evoking the color of the Sun. Three horizontal bands of beadwork alsodecorate the yoke, one across the shoulders, and the others across the back and front. In general, rows of bucksin fringe, arranged in pairs, were topped iwht wrapped quills, but by 1880 the quills had been replaced by large beads. Thin bands of beadwork, natural red pigment, and tin cones on the bottom edge complete the costume.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 47 (illustrated/bw) fig. 134.

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