Maker and role
Maker: Hopi, Native American
Cotton with wool
21 1/2 x 42 1/2in (54.6 x 108cm)
Bequest of Marion Koogler McNay
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.
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