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Leggings

Wendat (Huron) leggings
ca. 1830
Ontario, Canada
Wool, leather, silk, quill, moose hair, metal, horse hair, cotton thread
73 x 31.5 cm
Purchased in London
Presented by Mrs. Thea Heye
17/6320

These exquisite green cloth leggings are trimmed with deerskin dyed dark brown with black walnut. They are decorated with dyed moose-hair and porcupine-quill embroidery in a fairly elaborate floral design characteristic of the Wendat. They may have been made for a special occasion, but it is equally likely that they were intended for sale and were purchased by someone who appreciated the skill required to make them.

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