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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Native American Doll Finished.

Yesterday I finished the Native American Seneca woman doll I've been working on. The Eastern Native Peoples had lots of contact with the European Colonists so had access to cloth and beads long before the tribes further west who wore animal hides for much longer until cloth become more widely used. I did extensive research on the traditional clothing and bead-work designs to be as accurate as possible. I'm not a bead artist at all so it was not easy but I am pleased with the outcome. The weather isn't on my side for final photos so I'm showing the shots I took in my studio last night. WIP to the completion.

2nd set of moccasins. I like these much better the the first ones I showed you.

Male and female member of the tribe wore leggings that were beaded. The women's tied at the knees and were worn under a wrap skirt.

The wrap skirt tied high in the waist and was elaborately beaded all the way around. The design would be smaller but just as elaborate on a real person but in order to show the detail the design is larger on this skirt.

Over the wrap skirt a long sleeved tunic with simpler beading and a collar was worn.

A close up of her face and the tunic beading.

Finished front.
The Seneca women wore their hair pulled back into a long braid.
Finished right side.
Finished left side.
Finished back.

UPDATE: I realized I never posted the beauty shots of this piece. so I've updated this post with those photos that really show off this lovely art doll.

 This view gives you a better idea of the beading on the tunic as well as the doll's face.

 A much better view of the whole piece.

 A 3/4 view.

A close up of beading on the skirt. legging and moccasins. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this latest creation of mine. I love comments so please do let me know what you think.

5 comments:

Jinx said...

I can see every single hour you put into this doll. Your craftsmanship is spot on and the doll is fabulous!

Abbie said...

Absolutely beautiful. Such attention to detail. Nice job. Enjoy reading your blog.

yoborobo said...

This is just gorgeous! I love all the detail that you've put into her clothes - and those moccasins! You've outdone yourself, Jen! xox

May :: Earth to Girl said...

That bead work is intensely amazing! Such a beautiful piece!

Jingle said...

Oh, wow! What amazing detail on her! She looks fabulous! If she isn't for someone you should submit her to ADQ!

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