Chumash wedding gown

I am privileged to call this bride a friend, one of several I’ve met through this little business, and to see her family grow.

This Chumash wedding gown was made to match the ceremonial ribbon shirt the groom’s mother made him. The fabric is organic cotton sateen (an amazingly wonderful fabric), and the bodice is a vintage fabric the bride found. The bride also found some wonderful button covers made from od buffalo nickels!

The skirt is two-layered with the top layer being shorter to show the ribbon edging the bottom layer.  The edges are softly squared to allow the ribbon to lay flat.

More photos of this gown are at my Facebook album dedicate to it.

To learn more about the native Chumash people, please visit: http://www.santaynezchumash.org/history.html and http://www.chumashindian.com.  Trying to sum up the culture, traditions, and beauty of any tribe in a few paragraphs would be a disservice, but those sites are wonderful!

 

 

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