San Ildefonso Pueblo Cotton Leggings for Male Dancer


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These hand-woven cotton men’s leggings from San Ildefonso Pueblo are worn by men during plaza dances.  They were woven from cotton string in crocheted style and have a zigzag lightning design up the sides. Cotton fringe was added to the outer side of each legging.  A loop was provided to be worn under the foot. These leggings show evidence of having been used.

“In the northern Rio Grande pueblos knitted or crocheted leggings of white cotton cord are often worn by dancers. They may be fringed on the outside or up the front with cotton cord, and by various groupings of stitches patterns are worked into the body of the garments. Investigators who visited the pueblos in the latter part of the nineteenth century saw them on both old men and old women as part of the everyday dress in cold weather." Roediger 1991;126

Condition: this San Ildefonso Pueblo Cotton Leggings for Male Dancer is in very good condition

Provenance: from the estate of Tom Dickerson, a former Santa Fe resident and artist who just recently passed away.

Reference: Roediger, Virginia More. Ceremonial Costumes of the Pueblo Indians: Their Evolution, Fabrication, and Significance in the Prayer Drama, University of California Press, Berkley

Relative Links: Other Fine Southwest Collectibles, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Dance Paraphernalia

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