Museum Researched, Authentically Handcrafted Buckskin Clothing - Since 1979

Buckskin Dresses
-- Early Southern Plains --

G.A. Reneker
P.O. Box 473
Dillsburg, PA 17019

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Have you read our info articles about original frontier buckskin clothing and how we make ours?

If ordering buckskin clothing or rifle cases also send appropriate section(s) of our Measurements Form.

About Early Western Plains Native American Dresses:   (Pre-1840) Buckskin dresses came to about the bottom of the knee cap, plus the length of the bottom fringe.  Yokes (bodices) came down the arms to about the elbow.  Short fringe, about 3" long (7.5cm) was cut all around the dress bottom and around the open edges of the yokes.  Edges of both front and back skirt panels are cut into about 1 1/2" (3.5cm) fringe along the sides.  Decorative dangles are added to both front and back, as in our drawings.

Yoke and skirt panels are laid right-side-out (as the dress is worn) and sewn together with authentic stitches.  This produces exposed stitches ("face" stitching) down both sides and across the skirt/yoke seams.  The predominant color for work and basic clothing of all nations was "smoke".  The Blackfeet, though, frequently smoked their clothing more heavily.  The Crow treated their ceremonial clothing after a light smoking until it was nearly white again.

Early Southern Plains Buckskin Dress

Principle Native American Nations:
Kiowa, Arapaho, Comanche.

Fully hand sewn with authentic stitches much smaller than typically used on buckskin clothing today.

Note:  Sample buckskin colors may vary slightly depending on your browser.  But then, colors vary slightly anyway between batches of buckskin during the smoking or dyeing processes.
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Normal smoking

Up to Dress
Size 12
CL024-K1L $ 568.00 5.7  
Dress Sizes
14 to 20
CL024-K2L $ 620.00 6.5  

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