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Women's Frontier Buckskin Clothing

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Dresses Eastern Pullover
Leggings Skirts

eagle feather Important Notes
1.  We use drawings for buckskin clothing and some accessories to best emphasize subtle differences that would otherwise blend in with photographs.
2.  Museum researched =  Product patterned from original Euro- and Native American items or detailed descriptions in original journals or research materials.

eagle feather About Women's Frontier Buckskin Clothing ...
Euro-American women were not accustomed to wearing buckskin clothing, unless they had been captured and adopted into an Indian village.  Native American women sometimes owned a mixed wardrobe of buckskin and woven fabrics.  The farther Indian women lived from friendly whites the more likely they were to predominantly wear buckskin clothing.

They could produce their own buckskin, but wool, linen and cotton cloth had to be purchased or traded from Euro-Americans.  Obviously the buckskin they used was made by Indian tanning techniques - their own.  All Indian tanning methods remove the membrane from both sides of the hide, leaving no smooth side on their buckskin.  Therefore, no "smooth side out" on original or authentic buckskin clothing.

Unlike men's buckskin clothing, most Indian women's buckskin clothing was fully hand sewn since long before Euro-contact.  A few very early garments were thonged together on the side seams, like western plains leggings and the Eastern Woodlands Dress.  They did not lace their buckskin clothing together, and they didn't have sewing machines.

Indian women in the east generally preferred a wrapped skirt, wearing a fabric blouse or buckskin pullover top to protect them from a glaring sun, colder weather, or when Euro-American visitors were in their village.  Southwestern Indian women also preferred a skirt, but their's was generally sewn up both side seams instead of just wrapping like the eastern skirts.  Other Indian women preferred a full dress.  All women, except if working in a creek, also wore leggings.  To not have leggings on, especially in a ceremonial setting or community celebration, was, and still is, considered indecent.

eagle feather For More Info ...
Read our info articles about How We Make our buckskin products or the article series about original buckskin clothing.

Dresses: Eastern Woodlands Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
(Also Skirt Early Northern Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Below)    "   Central Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
   "   Southern Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Late Northern Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
  "   Central Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
  "   Southern Plains Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
  "   Kiowa/Cheyenne/Arapaho Dress Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Modern Northern Plains Dance Dress
    "      Central Plains Dance Dress
    "      Southern Plains Dance Dress
Leggings: Eastern Side Seam Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
    "     Center Seam Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
    "     Algonquin Side Seam Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Cherokee Fringed Side Seam Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Northern/North Central Plains Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Southern/South Central Plains Leggings Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Pullover Top: Eastern Woman's Pullover Top Museum researched women's buckskin clothing
Skirt: Eastern Wrap Around Skirt Museum researched women's buckskin clothing

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