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Southern ladies' beaded crowns.

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A great example of a beautiful crown (left) that perfectly complements the owner's dress. The center of the crown has a medallion that matches the rest of the accessories on the dress including the applique shawl and cloth applique purse. She has a graduated brass concho drop hanging from her belt and partially beaded southern style boots, typical of this style. She has an immature golden eagle tail fan and center tail feather in the back of her hair.

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Could this little girl be any cuter? Her crown is finely executed with what appear to be 13/0 cut seed beads. The edges of the design are trimmed with sparkling rhinestones and the top edge of the crown is finished with a rolled beaded edge to give it a finished look. The medallions on her dress match the crown perfectly.

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This young dancer (above) is dressed to perfection with her white southern hide dress and matching beadwork. Her crown is trimmed with sparkling rhinestones. The designs in her crown features the Tweety Bird cartoon character probably indicating her personal interest in the Loony Tunes cartoon and a cute display of her youthful innocence. The back of her crown has a very large eagle plume extending upward. The scallops on the edge of her dress are decorated with imitation elks teeth that are attached with a fire polish bead that allow them to rotate with the angle of her sleeve. She has all the necessary accessories with a matching beaded purse, eagle tail fan and matching shawl.

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One of the keys to a well-designed southern dress is matching colors and design motifs (left). This dress sets the standard with a tipi theme that is carried out from head to toe. You can see the tipi design in this dancer's crown, earrings, hair ties, purse (reverse is assumed to be beaded). She is also wearing long otter braid wraps that extend down to her knees. She has long loom beaded strips that are hanging down from the back of her dress. The ends of the strips are decorated fire polish beads and yellow dyed horse hair. The bottom edge of her dress is beaded with two strips of lane stitch. The exposed hide between these strips are colored yellow (probably with chalk or tempera paint). Her shawl is adorned with a very large beaded medallion and she holds a well-made golden eagle flat tail fan in her hand.

Another fine example (right) of a beautiful southern ladies' dress. Take note of the beaded soaring eagle on the front of her crown. She has a loom beaded drop hanging from her belt down below her knee. Her cloth applique shawl matches all of the colors of her dress. Take note of the breastplates worn by these southern ladies which are much shorter than their Northern traditional counterparts.

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One of the things that judges look for when judging ladies' traditional dancers is the way that they are able to move gracefully while causing the long hide fringe hanging from their sleeves to sway dramatically to the beat of the drum. This photo captures a good example of what they look for in a winning dancer. Her shawl is made from rainbow salvage wool that is decorated with cloth applique. She holds a mature bald eagle tail fan that bears the signatures of its likely maker, Jess Williams. The ends of her breastplate are terminated with imitation elks teeth to add weight and movement to the bottom of her breastplate.

Photos by Brian Fraker
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Title Annotation:Powwow Fashions
Author:Jones, Craig
Publication:Whispering Wind
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Date:Nov 1, 2011
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