Can anyone direct me to websites with images of Native American legging decoration designs?
I am keen to understand the symbolism of the painted designs that historically decorated, in particular women's leggings; I presume that there is a vast array of styles depending on tribe, if anyone can offer an insite I would be thrilled.
Here are a few links. As for the symbolism, sometimes it is apparent, other times there is no "symbolism" - the pattern is simply one the woman doing the beadwork liked. Other times, the beadwork pattern may come in a dream or a vision.
Plains tribes tend to use geometric patterns, east and west coastal tribes used more woodland themes.
If you select a specific tribe to research it helps to narrow your search.