by Brooke Medicine Eagle

This piece is made of deer buckskin my partner and I hand-tanned and smoked to make a soft and easy-to-work ‘fabric’. It will be fully completed when I wet and twist all the fringes to give it a more old-time feel (this was done originally to let the water drip off the fringes and dry better). The shoulders were joined with a baseball stitch, which over time softens to be almost invisible. Then the front decorative piece was a added by stitching it in with the neck trim — a simple running stitch. Antique iridescent beads on the trim add a bit of sparkle, yet leave the front open to frame any beautiful necklace one wears.

Art Gallery, Volume 3 Issue 2