Naskapi Painted Frock Hunting Leather Coat

This is a museum quality work of art. It debuted this year at the Western Design Conference in Jackson, WY where it won Honorable Mention in the "Art To Wear" category. It was also exhibited at Style West in Cody, WY and is featured at Contemporary Western Design, and Contemporary Maker's websites.

Patterned after the hunting coats of the Naskapi, Montagnais and Eastern Cree Indians who inhabited the Quebec and Ontario region of Canada, this coat is historically correct in its creation from the brain tanned hides to the 7500 hand sewn real elk sinew stitches that are 2mm apart. It has a beautiful modern cut to the supple leather that is painted in traditional earth pigments mixed with egg whites, something that took 600 hours to accomplish with toothpicks and sharpened sticks.

This coat is not a replica, but rather a modern interpretation using authentic methods and materials. Only 150 of the original coats remain in existence today in a handful of museums and private collections. They represent the peak of the artistic, religious and cultural tradition of these Indians between the early 1700's through the late 1800's.

This coat has sold to a collector. However if you would like something similar feel free to contact me for a custom order.

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Traditionally Tanned Bison Reversible Vest

This reversible fur Bison brain tanned leather vest is tanned 100% natural using the same methods that the Native Americans used for thousands of years. Hand tanned Bison fur has its own rich character unlike any other furs. It is thick, yet soft and very durable. It sheds water and if it gets wet, just shake it out and let it dry. It will be just as soft and supple after it dries. In addition, Bison wool is warmer than any other wool.

Bison robes were used by the Native American's for clothing, bags, and horse gear. This vest is hand stitched with real elk sinew and edged with walnut dyed brain tanned deer leather. It closes on both sides with three large deer antler crown buttons.

Hand tanned buffalo is only available today in very limited quantities. This vest can be custom ordered for both men and women. For women, the vest has a waist making the vest more contemporary and flattering in style. The cut for men is more straight. Please provide your measurements for shoulder width, back length, chest, and waist. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Each item may vary from what is pictured depending on the character of the leather.

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