Embroidered kilt

Maker and role
Maker: Hopi, Native American
Year
1890-1910

Media/materials
Cotton with wool
Measurements
21 1/2 x 42 1/2in (54.6 x 108cm)
Credit line
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
Accession number
1950.775.13
Object type
Location
Further information
Before the Spanish introduction of churro sheep to the Southwest in the late 1400s and 1500s, cotton was the preferred weaving material as it enjoyed symbolic importance. For the Hopi, cotton was associated with clouds and Katsina spirits as bringers of rain. Decorations on the two embroidered panels of this cotton kilt symbolize rain, clouds, and life.
Maker

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