Plateau Beaded Women's Leggings
These striking 19th C leggings are probably either Nez Perce or Cayuse. The beads in the three vertical panels are very tiny faceted beads in three colors of blue, white, pink and a pumpkin color. The white beads which border the panels are larger and off white. The panels are bordered on three sides with green felt and at the bottom with a loose weave rust wool. On one panel two of the fringes have been joined together and tied with a strand of trade beads ending with a small brass hawk bell. The beading is in excellent condition but there is some moth damage to the green felt and rust colored wool.
Panel L. at top 13 3/4"; W. 7 3/4"; H. to top of leather 13" plus