Ladies Buckskin Dresses

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        Southern Style Dress

  
        Southern Style Dress

Cloth Top Buckskin Dresses
Southern Style

We specialize in 2-piece cloth top buckskin dresses.

These are great for dancers who can't afford a beaded dress & don't have time to bead one. Decoration styles are the same as with beaded dresses, but designs are done in appliqued fabric.

The southern-style yellow top dress shown (left) is made from 100% wool tradecloth. (starting at $1100), shown with fringed tradecloth 1/2 shawl ($150), and matching purse with buckskin fringe ($75). The designs on this dress co-ordinate with the beaded crown set shown sitting on on top of the dress form. Dress tops are fully lined, and feature long fringe along the bottom edge of sleeves.

Southern style dress tops and are tucked under a wide concho belt at the waist (see yellow top dress at left). The sleeve fringe is along the bottom sleeve edge only.

These dresses are made with 100% wool tradecloth tops. Tops can also be made from wool blend tradecloth, 100% wool (not banded), satin, velvet or other suitable fabrics. Our cloth tops are fully lined. All dress tops tie at the side of the bodice, and feature a cloth tank top on the skirt.

All dresses are sold UNBEADED.


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Northern Style Cloth Top
Appliqued in Ojibway Style Design

Cloth Top Buckskin Dresses
Northern Style

Northern style dress tops are worn over a beaded or concho belt. Their sleeves have fringe along all 3 sides of the sleeve. Sleeve length & shape vary depending on tribal style.

This black wool top dress was decorated in a distinctive woodlands floral style for an Ojibway dancer. It has buckskin fringe along the bottom edge of the bodice, and long sleeve fringe around three sides of the sleeves. The skirt is undecorated, ready for the dancer's own beadwork. Dresses with fringe around the entire sleeve start at $1300.

The elongated sleeve styles (not shown) worn by many northern tribes require more deerskin for the extra sleeve fringe, and more time for the appliqued designs. The price of the dress will be adjusted according to amount of labor & cost of skins.

  
  Northern style dress with
  fully beaded top by Christy
This Northern style fully-beaded top dress (shown at left) was made by Christy & took her over one year to bead! Dresses with fully beaded tops like this generally run $10K-25K+. So it's easy to understand why our cloth top dresses are so popular!

THIS DRESS SHOWN AS EXAMPLE ONLY. WE DO NOT MAKE FULLY BEADED DRESSES!

All dresses are sold UNBEADED.

  
Wool Blend Tradecloth w/Imitation Elk Teeth
This red top dress is made with a less expensive wool-blend tradecloth. The top is fully lined and features imitation elk teeth decoration & buckskin fringe along the bottom edge of the bodice. The skirt on this dress has decoration of bone & glass bead dangles. Adult dresses start at $900.

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Unbeaded Southern Buckskin Dress

      
Southern Buckskin Outfit by Christy
Modeled by Laura (Cherokee)

Full Buckskin Dresses
(Unbeaded)

Southern-style buckskin dresses have waist flaps in front & back that tuck underneath a beaded or concho belt, "leg" extensions on the sleeves & fringe on the sleeve ends. Slit or "boat" necklines are traditional, but square necks are a popular modern fashion. Skirts are tied with thongs on the sides, but can also be sewn.

Our dresses feature fringe cut into the hemline and along the sides of the skirt. The dress shown (top left) features a skirt with hand-tied fringe at the hem (extra charge), tin cone & cowry shell trim on bottom "legs" of the skirt. A tank top holds the skirt, and is covered by the buckskin top. The dress is shown modeled with accessories (not included), and is ready for beadwork.

All of our dresses are sold UNBEADED.

Southern buckskin dresses are decorated with beadwork, but the tops are not fully beaded like Northern style beaded dresses. The dress with black beadwork (shown at left) was created by Christy & modeled by Laura (Cherokee Nation). This dress & matching accessories sold for $23,000

Our southern-style complete buckskin dresses (unbeaded) start at $1300 for teens & ladies sizes. Since dresses are much easier to bead when unassembled, we will custom-cut your pattern & skins, ready for your own beadwork. Contact us for quote on custom-cut patterns & dress pieces.

All of our dresses are sold UNBEADED.

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Cloth Top for Buckskin Dress

Buckskin Dress Tops

Our buckskin dress tops are made from 100% polyester suiting fabric that won't stretch under the weight of the buckskin skirt when worn. Cotton binding around scooped neck & armholes, fits loosely. $45

 When ordering your top, specify bust & length measurements.

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