Men's Frontier Buckskin Clothing
About Men's Frontier Buckskin Clothing ...
Native American men's buckskin clothing in the east was fully hand-sewn at least since the time of Euro-contact. In the west, though, their buckskin clothing was generally only sewn along the shoulder seam, around the arm hole, and for a few inches up the sleeve from the wrist. Breechclouts were also sewn together if they had to use more and one piece of buckskin to get the length they needed. The rest of Indian men's clothing was thonged together until the mid to late 1800's.
Except for the occasional independent mountain man (free trapper) who might adopt the Indian style of dress, Euro-Americans preferred their clothing to be fully sewn on all seams. Longhunters often adapted to the style of buckskin clothing of the Indian nation they were most familiar with. A frontiersman (think Daniel Boone or Simon Girty) generally preferred his buckskin clothing to resemble his Euro-style clothing. The mountain man's style of buckskin clothing was usually a blend of Euro- and Native American styles.
Indian tanned buckskin is already well stretched during the tanning process. Commercial tanned buckskin is not, and will produce a lot of bag and sag at the butt and knees after only a few wearings of the garment. Therefore, if you order leggings, pants, or a breechclout to be made of commercial tanned buckskin, we take the extra time to pre-stretch the hide(s) to minimize that stretching out of shape and size. Also, we do not lace or machine sew our clothing. Hand-sewing is all done with smaller authentic stitches to produce higher quality, more authentic buckskin clothing.
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