first deerskin jacket to the left shows a beautiful
example of out fine beadwork appliqued onto a 3/4 length jacket.
This jacket also doesn't have the traditional collar in order
to show off the beadwork to it's full advantage. The long
hand cut leather fringe follows all around to the back yolk
beneath even more floral beadwork across the shoulders.
The long fringe is also all along the underside of each sleeve.
The inspiration for this particular jacket came from the Smithsonian
Institute Museum of the USA, where the original resides
today, made in the early 1800's. The original jacket had brass
railroad buttons, traded for tack in the early days. Our jacket
however has the traditional leather rolled buttons, so they
would not detract from the lavish beadwork. Because of the
extreme amount of time involved in producing an heirloom
such as this, please allow a minimum of 8 months for delivery.
brown leather jacket is made of cowhide, this being
the only leather that may come in a rainbow of colours. All
of the leather we use is of the upper grains, the only time
you will see the suede side is when it's been turned inside
out, such as this here. This model has extensive hand lacing
in a chocolate brown leather above all the fringed area, on
the cuffs, and up the side splits. The extra long fringe extends
all around the hemline, down the sleeves, back and across
the chest. The jacket was also left unlined for an authentic
look. Leather buttons were also used down the front and on
deerskin jacket borrows it's look from an old military
design. The front has black piping under the deerskin around
the collar, cuffs and down the front bib section. The front
and cuffs also have dome closures in antiqued color. They
are also used around the outer edges of the collar, cuffs
and bib. The fringe runs over the shoulders and along each
of the sleeves. It also comes fully lined. This model is shorter
than most we make, but not as short as a bolero would be.
model is made out of cowhide, using both sides of the
leather, suede and smooth for a nice contrasting effect. The
main body is in the smooth grain while the fringe and chocolate
lacing are in the suede leather side. The fringe, cuffs and
collar on this jacket are all hand laced, using a chocolate
color lacing. You may choose another shade for this purpose
for a different look to the jacket. This jacket comes with
the old leather rolled buttons and is unlined but may have
silk lining added if needed.
lovely Deerskin Jacket has become our most popular
style, a great starting point at which you can mix and add
fringes on the sleeves, pockets, beadwork etc... to create
your own unique Jacket. This model has extra long fringes
all around the chest, over the shoulders and across the back.
The smooth upper grain leather side is faced out on the whole
Jacket, including fringes, rolled leather buttons and pockets.
This design also is silk lined and can have an inner pocket
as well as different styles of outer pockets and buttons.
- Fringe, where?
- Collar Style
- Cuffs style
- Fasteners, Leather rolled buttons, Antlers
PCS, old Military buttons
- Lacing, same color?
- Suede side out, where?
- Colour in Cowhide, Deerskin
For more photos and prices, please Email or phone us.
deerskin shirts shown are not the only styles
available to you, they are only limited by your imagination.
The deerskin pullover on the left has the suede side facing
out, with the smooth leather side used on the collar, buttons
and cuffs for a nice contrast. It also comes with a wide row
of beadwork across the shoulders, with fringe and glass trade
beads on both ends. We have used the old style rolled leather
buttons down the front and on the cuffs. For a different look
using this style of shirt, you may just switch the leathers
around, add more or different beadwork, long fringe across
the back etc. So you now can see the endless possibilities
available for just this one style alone.
second deerskin pullover comes with laced sleeves,
collar, side vents, and a smooth leather bib with fringe on
the front. The deerskin has been turned around (suede side)
on the shoulders and fringe for a nice subtle contrast. Doing
just this, takes away the plain look without being to flashy.
The fringe also extends around the shoulders, down the sleeves
and around the front bib.
We show these two deerskin shirts for a few reasons.
The main one being to show the different shades the deerskin
comes in, the first colour being sand, the other golden
deerskin. Each of these colours looks equally fantastic
in any style of shirt or jacket chosen, it's just a matter
of taste. Also we try to show you how similar but very unique
each shirt becomes, just by a few subtle changes made in the
design. As a general rule, no two deerskin shirts or coats
we make are the same, something is always a bit different,
made the way you want it.
wonderfully unique Deerskin Pullover has a Woodland
Indian floral design painted on the front and back, using
the same bright colors to match the loom beadwork running
down the side of each arm. At the bottom of the beadwork on
the sleeves are glass Trading Beads and tin cones strung on
several leather thongs. This Pullover comes unlined and has
contrasting chocolate hand lacing above all of the fringes,
around the bib area, cuffs, back and hemline . Paintings can
vary in your choice of colour, from flowers to animals, all
of which can be matched to the beadwork.
- Rolled leather buttons
- Suede leather side out. on body? Trim?
- Sand colour or golden deerskin
- Hand lacing (buckstitching) in a different
or contrasting colour.
- Leather collar
- Fringe, where? How much?
- Size, Length
- Style chosen? Yours? Ours?
- Bib front
- Laced neck, sleeves, sides
For more designs, photos and prices, please
Email or phone us.
all of the Indian tribes wore some form of shirt, this garment
was usually mistaken for a War Shirt. In reality it was a
ceremonial shirt usually worn by the older men or Chiefs of
authority on solemn occasions. The Dakotas and Cheyenne trimmed
their shirts with hanks of horsehair, sometimes even human
hair was used. These shirts were called ‘Scalp Shirts' by
the White man, who believed that all of the hair decorations
were from scalp locks. The Blackfoot and some of the other
tribes decorated their shirt with strips of white weasel skins
(as shown here), or any other animal thought to pass on their
spirit and power the wearer.
Our War Shirts can be as individual as you are in design,
as no two are ever the same, be it with the beadwork, hand
paintings and fur trims, just as the originals were! We can
also start from an old photograph or a hand drawing facsimile
and build your shirt from there. Also used are a variety of
materials, from horse hair, human hair, tin cones, hand painted
animal images, feathers, beadwork, and fur strips etc.....
to make an original keepsake for years to come. This is but
only one fine example of what can be created with us.
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For more information or prices please contact us, as the availability of some
items will vary with our costs of the raw material. Also, custom designs and sizing
will also effect our pricing. In most cases we may have a photo to email or mail
to you of your request or something close to it.
8239 Hwy 7, R.R. 3
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0
South Side Hwy. 7...
10 km. E. of
Havelock, Ontario K0L 1Z0 Canada
Telephone: (705) 778-3760 Fax:
(705) 778-3760 (9am - 5pm)