Southern Plains Tab Leggings
Native American & Rendezvous Clothing & Moccasin Patterns
Several fine craftworkers have helped us develop the most authentic and comprehensive Frontier and Indian clothing patterns available. Extensive information includes material requirements, layout, garment making tips, details on tribal styles, variations and decoration of each garment, such as beadwork, ribbonwork, fringe treatment, etc. Our easy-to-follow instructions are complete with detailed illustrations and photos for expert and novice alike.
Southern Plains Tab Leggings Pattern includes highly illustrated and detailed instructions on how to completely make this distinctive type of leggings. Southern Plains Tab Leggings became popular with Comanches and Kiowas by the late 1800s, and they continue to be worn today by these tribes and other Southern style Straight Dancers.
About Your Southern Plains Tab Leggings Pattern
The style of men's Tab Leggings has its beginnings among the Eastern Woodlands and Great Lakes tribes, but, as they migrated onto the edges of the Plains, their new neighbors acquired many of their garment and decoration styles.
From the resulting intertribal contacts, we find that, by the reservation period of the late 1800s, Comanche and Kiowa men were wearing their own versions of Tab Leggings, made from buckskin and incorporating hand twisted leather fringes. This style remains popular today with men of these tribes, as well as Straight Dancers wishing to dress in the Southern Plains fashion.
The instructions provide basic construction information, details on how to prepare the fringe, and examples of 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.