Women's Frontier Buckskin Clothing
About Women's Frontier 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.
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