Handcrafted from a combination of 16 select large turkey feathers realistically simulating immature eagle feathers and 16 dark brown moxtavovetas feathers, all being arranged as to form a dark cross in rear view.
The feathers are attached with stiff rawhide loops to the skull cap, loops being sewn to the feather quills and wrapped with linen thread. Red trade cloth patches (aka "firecrackers") cover the base of each feather, secured with spiral linen thread wraps. Besides that the feathers are decorated with a white fluff at the base, and their tips have dark red human hair tassels accented with rectangular marks («coup dots») of ermine fur.
The foundation for the feather crown is a skull cap made from 2 pieces of deer tanned hide sewn together with thread and real sinew, and competely covered with heavy canvas and backed with an old style calico fabric.
The buckskin browband is decorated with a lane stitched Lakota style beadwork, featuring 3 large stepped triangles on a blue background.
Each side of the bonnet is decorated with a combo of ribbons of natural silk and a cluster of stripped feathers.
In the middle of the crown there is a stripped Sun Dance quill (aka "Major Plume"), tipped with nice rose fluffs and surrounded with a cluster of cut-and-stripped feathers dyed blue.
In the rear portion is tied a tiny pouch with a personal war medicine.
The war bonnet is given an overall aged appearance to look old.