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Remake of Red Fringed Skirts, Xochitl, Emperor Tepancaltzin's Dancing Girls (set of five)


Five dark red silk crepe skirts decorated with colored appliqué, 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 skirt is made from dark red silk crepe. The hem is decorated with a geometric pattern of appliquéd yellow, green, and blue silk. From the hem hangs a series of green cotton tabs, the end of each is decorated with a gold painted gumnut (seed pod from a Eucalyptus tree). Yellow/orange colored feathers have been stitched to the skirt and at intervals to the hem. These appear to be remakes and date from the early to mid 1920s. The names inside correspond to the 1925 company tour. These skirts would have been worn with belts C-138_1-5, headdresses C-133_1-7, shorts C-141_1-4, and cuffs C-135_1-6_a-d.

C-139_1 Inscribed with Tiny (written over Mary) (Ernestine Day, Mary Howry)
C-139_2 Inscribed with Edith (Edith James)
C-139_3 Inscribed with Ann (Ann Douglas)
C-139_4 Inscribed with Jane (Jane Sherman). No gumnuts on this skirt.
C-139_5 Inscribed with Ara (Ara Martin)
Wood, Cotton, Metal