Saturday, June 18, 2011

Plateau Mountain Sheep Hide Dres

 This dress was made using Mt. Sheep hides, just like many of the old Pony Beaded dresses were.   It is a excellent hide for garments, as it is strong but thin.   And now impossible to get.   Mt Sheep today have had their numbers severely impacted with the introduction of lung worm from domestic sheep.   Mt. Sheep hides were the preferred species to make both dresses and war shirts from.  Now it is a rare garment made from them.

This dress was beaded using pony beads in a mid-nineteenth century style.  The drops on this dress are also elk teeth and very valuable trade beads.   It also took a additional 3 antelope hides just to make the thin, thick fringe on the bottom and sides.  I also retained the tails and hair on the ends of the legs for fringe like the original ones.
I originally made this dress for a traveling museum exhibit.  And I kept this one, and wear it from time to time.

My hopes are soon to start making another one.   A girls got to have new clothes :-)


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