Museum Researched, Authentically Handcrafted Buckskin Clothing - Since 1979

Buckskin Dresses
(Late Kiowa/Cheyenne/Arapaho)

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?

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About Late Style Dresses of the Western Plains:  Western dresses had the same basic cut in the late period (1840-1900+) as the earlier pre-1840 dresses.  Except the Kiowa/Cheyenne/Arapaho dress above, the differences were added fringe and how the dresses were sewn.  Late style dresses were sewn inside-out with small running or whip stitches down both sides and across the skirt/yoke seams, and a few more dangles were added to front and back.

Being ever frugal, as native women tend to be, they tailored side panels a bit more, and used the trimmed off pieces for panels of longer fringe.  Some were cut into about 8" long (20cm) fringe, and sewn on side-by-side around the edge of the yoke.  Others were cut into about 4" long (10cm) fringe panels, and added in the seams between front and back skirt panels.   Bottoms are cut all around into about 3" (7.5cm) fringe.

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.

Late Style Kiowa/Cheyenne/Arapaho Buckskin Dress

Principle Native American Nations:
Kiowa, Tsis tsis tas (Cheyenne), Arapaho.

Around the mid-1800' a major dress style change was developed by the Kiowa in the southern plains.  It was so beautiful it was soon copied by the Cheyenne and Arapaho women.  Like other late style dresses, it is sewn inside-out with small running or whip stitches down both sides and across the skirt/yoke seams.

Except a couple inches under the arm, the edges of the yoke are cut into small triangles about 3/4" (1.9cm) long and wide.  Like the typical late, southern plains dress, panels of larger 3" (7.5cm) triangles are added to the yoke/skirt seams.   We've made a number of these dresses, and, though they take more materials and much more time to make, they are absolutely stunning.

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.
Indian Tanned Hides
Hide Color Size Product
Number
Price Shpg
Pounds
 

Normal
Smoking

Normal smoking

Up to Dress
Size 12
CL025-K1L $ 613.00 5.6  
Dress Sizes
14 to 20
CL025-K2L $ 648.00 6.4  
Commercial Tanned Hides
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Number
Price Shpg
Pounds
 

Dyed
"Smoke"
Commercial Dyed "Smoke" Color

Larger than
Size 12
CL025-C1S $ 413.00 5.6  
Dress Sizes
14 to 20
CL025-C2S $ 452.00 6.4  

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