Ladies Fancy Shawl Dance

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1. For Sale - In Stock
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SOLD

Little Girls Size 5-6
Hot Pink Fancy Shawl Outfit

Shawl (48" wide, 26" long + ribbon),
skirt 17" long, vest/cape & 2 leggings

Hand wash, hang dry. $275 + postage


In Stock

Little Girls Size 5-6
Turquoise & Orange Fancy Shawl Outfit

Shawl (48" wide, 26" long + ribbon),
skirt 17" long, vest/cape & 2 leggings

Hand wash, hang dry. $275 + postage

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Janet Littlecrow appears in this video,
giving instructions on making a fancy
shawl outfit & narrating powwow footage.
Fancy Shawl video (30 minutes) features footage of champion dancers at Northern powwows, including Crow Hop contests. Personal interview with the youngest of three generations of fancy shawl dancers, and rare interviews & footage of the very first fancy shawl dancers.

DVD $20.00 + shipping

Special offer on our remaining stock of VHS tapes
VHS - $5 ea + shipping

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2. Style & Pricing Information
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Items Shown Below Are Not For Sale


Terranne Spotted Bear

Ladies Fancy Shawl Outfits

Fancy Shawl dancers are the women's equivalent of Men's Fancy War dancers, and just as beautiful to watch. Most Fancy Shawl dancers are athletic and highly spirited young ladies. But some middle-aged dancers are still kicking it up gracefully in the arena.

A Brief History
Fancy Shawl dancing started in the 1960's on the northern plains, when a few energentic young ladies broke with tradition & let the powwow drum inspire their dances to be a little faster & "fancier" than women had ever danced. These early dancers ran into opposition to their new style at first, but they prevailed. This dance is a vibrant example of living Native American culture today.

Before Fancy Shawl dancing spread to Oklahoma, a few young women put on fancy dance bustles & competed against the boys in Fancy War Dance contests. Gigi Palmer, a Kiowa/Choctaw girl from a family of Fancy Dancers, is probably the most famous of these girls who went up against the boys & won!


Get the REAL history in the video sold above! See interviews with the first dancers, expert tips & see champion dancers from around the country!

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Elaborate design with 40 individual pieces

     

  
Girl's Outfit
  
Fancy Shawl outfits are priced according to the cost of materials, and the amount of time in the design work & construction.

Our complete teen & adult size competition outfits start at $700. The tipi outfit shown at left would be $800. Expensive fabrics & elaborate design work increase the cost accordingly. We try to work with any budget.
We also make individual pieces for dancers who have their own beaded leggings & yokes.

Shawls consist of a decorated outer panel, with a contrasting lining. Shawls are 60-70" wide and 28-31" long, without ribbon. Shawls with highly intricate designs (example shown at left) take many hours & will add extra cost. Shawls can be ordered without ribbon. Elaborate shawls with ribbon run from $250 to $500.

Flared skirts have a circular bottom lined with contrasting fabric, and an elastic waistband.

Matching shirts with long sleeves complete the look for serious contest dancers, and can be made to match an outfit.

One-piece dresses (shown at left) are also popular.

Leggings are worn by Fancy Shawl dancers and can be cloth or beaded. Our cloth leggings are often made from seqinned or metalic fabrics to add more sparkle to the outfit. Leggings are decorated with designs from the shawl. Some dancers bead over the top of the designs on their leggings, which are lined with canvas.

Capes can also be beaded or cloth. They can be made with a vest front or harness front. Vest fronts are tied in back at the waist.

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3. Photo Archive Section
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Items Shown Below Are Not For Sale


Sm Girls sizes starting at $250
Teen & Adult sizes Starting at $700

Ladies Fancy Shawl Outfits

            

        

            

        

       

        

       

       

       

       

            

       

       

            
          We did not make the peach shawl, but made the peach skirt to wear with it.

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Girls Fancy Shawl Outfits

Sm Girls sizes starting at $250
Teen & Adult sizes Starting at $700

     

     

     

        

       

       

       

            

            

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