|Two Hide Strap Dress|
This dress has never been seen in any pictures in full color, so for the first time any where, feast your eyes on the beautiful Vermillion Red painted Dress, Sleeves, Hood and Leggings!
The painting was done by using just the fingers as a brush, so you can actually see the fingerprints of the creator in the paint.
I also made a video about documenting the details of construction and will be releasing that at a later date.
This dress was collected in Canada in the 1890's and has been cataloged as being both Ojibway and Cree.
It has elements of both cultures so I don't think we will ever really know its exact history, but with my examination, we can recreate this wonderful pre contact garment!
I will be fist recreating this garment in Vegetable Tan Elk Hide and then in Brain Tan, once I work out the kinks in the pattern.
This does not make it a true Strap Dress per se as the sides are cut out for the arms at the side seams, where most Modern Strap Dresses are suspended low enough on the breast to not make the armpit cuts necessary.
Another mystery is the placement of two tails at the breast line, (one on the front and one on the back), normally one would place one tail on the front at the right shoulder to pay homage to the original one hide wrap around dress that predicated this garment.
Stay tuned as I show more photographs and show step by step how this wonderful garment was created!
|Could I be any happier?|