A pair of buckskin leggings that belonged to Chipeta. They are decorated with geometric designs in multicolored beadwork.
[between 1875 and 1915]
Accession ID: E.1855; History Colorado.; Curatorial note supplied by History Colorado: "Ute woman's leggings, belonged to Chipeta, who died in 1914. 2 made of buckskin, lower half of each beaded in fairly identical design using lazy beadwork and italian beads which were not available after 1915. Leggings were secured at outside edge with buckskin ties. Beadwork; white ground with vertical geometric design running up front and back, separated by white ground and five red crosses, running vertically up inside leg. Central geometric design consists of a large, mainly green diamond shape with a yellow cross at center. Yellow cross is bordered in dark blue, surrounded by eight red squares (all within the green triangle). Triangle itself is bordered with dark blue and white squares in a stepped edge. At right and left side points of green diamond are red trident motifs. At top and bottom points of diamond are narrow horizontal strips (as long as the diamond is wide) in yellow, dark blue and red. On either rend, above and below the rectangular design, are triangles. The top one being inverted, and the lower right side up. The bead colors of the triangles from outside to in are: dark blue, green, red, light blue, yellow and red. At base of beaded section of legging is green band with red crosses with yellow centers. Directly beneath vertical geometric design at very base of beadwork are three inverted red triangles, sewn beneath the green border."; Object ID: E.1855.1; Scanned image from loaned transparency including Object ID.; Title supplied.; R7200029187
1 pair of leggings : buckskin and beadwork ; 52 x 22 cm. (20 x 9 in.)