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Remake of Short Fringed Belts, Xochitl, Emperor Tepancaltzin's Dancing Girls (set of five)


Five fabric belts decorated with hanging tabs and gold painted gumnuts. Worn by five female Denishawn dancers in the role of the Emperor Tepancaltzin's Dancing Girls (A total of six dancing girls performed in this role) in Xochitl.

Item Details:
Each belt consists of 3" wide strip of black cotton fabric edged with dark red cotton. The belt is decorated with appliquéd discs of dark blue/green overlaid with discs of orange and finally a large covered button. From the belt hangs down a series of green cotton tabs decorated with a stripe of orange ribbon. At the end of each tab is sewn a gold painted gumnut (seed pod from a Eucalyptus tree). These appear to be remakes and date from the early to mid 1920s. The names inside correspond to the 1925 company tour. These belts would have been worn over skirts C-139_1-5 and with headdresses C-133_1-7, shorts C-141_1-4, and cuffs C-135_1-6_a-d.

C-138_1 Inscribed with Tiny (written over Theresa) (Ernestine Day, Theresa Sadowska)
C-138_2 Inscribed with Ann (Ann Douglas)
C-138_3 Inscribed with Ara (Ara Martin). No gumnuts on this belt.
C-138_4 Inscribed with Jane (Jane Sherman). No gumnuts no this belt.
C-138_5 Inscribed with Edith (Edith James)
Wood, Cotton, Metal