Southern Plains Flap Leggings
Native American & Rendezvous Clothing & Moccasin Patterns
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Southern Plains Flap Leggings Pattern provides options for three of the most common Southern Plains Flap Leggings design variations. Men's flap-style buckskin leggings were worn throughout the Plains in historic times, but in the 1800s, the Southern Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa and others added some distinctive Southern features. The pattern includes highly illustrated and detailed instructions on how to make the leggings, along with photos and descriptions of decorative options.
About Your Southern Plains Flap Leggings Pattern
From the 1850s and into the 1900s, Comanche, Kiowa, Cheyenne and other Southern Plains men wore leather leggings, generalized as "Flap and Fringe leggings", that took several variations. By the reservation period, they were being worn concurrent with the distinctive Tab Legging.
Along with the different flap styles, there was individualization in how each par was decorate. The leggings from the various tribes were so similar that, nowadays, it is often hard to identify a museum piece as to which tribe made it, knowing only that it shares the general Southern Plains styling. On today's pow-wow scene the Flap style is rarely seen, having been replaced by the more popular Tab Leggings worn by Southern Plains dancers.
This pattern provides 3 of the most common flap variations from which you may chose. The instructions give details on various ways the leggings can be decorated.
Notions & Tools
Simulated sinew or button & Carpet thread, sharp scissors, awl, 8G Glovers needles, yard stick & ruler, rotary cutter (or OLFA Knife), cutting board, beading thread, seed or cut beads, beading needles