I decided to start killing some old posts on this blog and re-posting some of the photos. So this is a consolidation of a few posts.
This is a split horn bonnet that I made for a gallery show a few years ago. It is now in a private collection.
This bonnet is made in a classic Plateau style of work. To make them really look great, it takes a LOT of ermine hide.
The cloth I used was hand died selvedge edge cloth.
The feathers are hand painted reproduction feathers. The horns are split and shaved buffalo.
The beadwork was done on buffalo hide, using antique Italian seed beads sewn with sinew. The buttons are old flat brass buttons which were commonly traded back in the day.
This last bonnet was one which I made as a memorial piece for my father when he passed away. He served 20 years in the military on active duty and years more in reserve. He fought wars, he killed men during his service and later greatly regretted this, and in his last years suffered greatly both physically and also mentally due to his service. But he was proud to serve his country. This was a very personal piece for me...so please respect that fact and don't copy it.