Basketry Sandal

From the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Basketry Sandal, 1000 BC – AD 500, Artist Unknown, Ancestral Pueblo

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, 53779/11

Photography by Addison Doty

The maker of this yucca-twined sandal dyed particular sections of their warps blue and red, creating striped and triangular decorative motifs alongside leather fringe. The shoe’s silhouette style, with a square toe and heel, is characteristic of the Basketmaker Period, and the worn-out heel suggests that this piece and its pair were well-loved by their owner.

Credit: Addison Doty

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