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Cheyenne Eagle Feather War Bonnet (replica)
Striking and accurate reproduction of a turn of late 19th – early 20th century Cheyenne war bonnet. Made by me in 2015. Coordinates with matching choker NAM-2130.
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Made from 34 imperial eagle wing feathers, each with stiff rawhide loops, red trade cloth wrapping ("fire-crackers") and natural white fluffs at the base.
The skull cap is made from two pieces of soft buffalo leather and sewn with cotton thread. The browband is done in lazy stitch using transparent montana blue pony beads and features an old-time Cheyenne bars and blocks design on white background.
Side decorations consist of ermine fur drops (2 on each side), natural silk ribbons and bridle thongs.
In the rear portion of the war bonnet / headdress there is a stripped feather major plume tipped with nice bluish fluffs.
Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)
Manufacture year: 2015
Tribal style: Arapaho, Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne
Materials: Eagle feathers (Aquila) *, Genuine leather *
Cap circumference: 68 cm
Collection: Central Plains
Insignia type: Feathered war bonnet
☩ «Cheyenne style Eagle Feather War Bonnet» (SKU 3000.15.01) is an old style replica war bonnet made of real eagle feathers, featuring a (i) traditional leather skull cap with a downward slope toward the back instead of a whiteman's felt hat, (ii) beadwork with pony (pound) beads, (iii) ermine tubes instead of whole skins, (iv) the feathers tied with stiff rawhide loops rather than flimsy ones on most contemporary bonnets plus (v) overall minimalism and color restraint. The browband beadwork displays bars and stripes (block) design which is my favorite. As far as I know, it originates from the symbols used to display war exploits on horses, quivers, shirts, leggings and other war paraphernalia. In all it's apparent simplicity, it has a great variety for implementation and beadwork based on it is very expressive, although it was used relatively rarely on headdresses – much more often on shirts, leggings and bags. The feathers (of Aquila imperialis) for this bonnet were collected over several years and then carefully selected by color, shape and size. A few parts of the bonnet have been patinated. It is an economy-class bonnet for newcomers, western artists and photo studios: there is everything in it that should be (eagle feathers, ermine fur and lazy stitch beadwork), with no frills. The overall finish and attention to detail effect renders this bonnet a completely believable replica and looks very good to me. Note the pictures and see if you agree.
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