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Got a Deerskin from a vendor at the local market.Talked to an individual who has done it before.read and made carefull notes from 'deerskins into buckskins' at the reference library...[url=http://www.paleotechnics.com/Articles/PDFs/whybuckskin.PDF]but i now see is available online[/url]
I'm going to see if I can make my own clothes.Wish me luck, I'll post my progress.
[ 18 February 2008: Message edited by: ebodyknows ]
So I'm still working on my deerskin jumpsuit. But in the meantime I talked to animal services about being able to skin roadkill. I have squirrel and raccoon bags nearly finished that still look very much like the animals they came from. However the further I go in this project the less sure I am about exhibiting it to the general public. What would you think if you saw a guy walking down the street with a dead raccoon on his back?
I wish you luck with your buckskin. Raccoon and squirrel handbags sound okay. I don't know how I'd feel about seeing them on a jacket though. I can add, however, that James Fenimore Cooper is about the worst author I've ever read.
In that case I'm happy to have never read him. I have read italo cavino though. The impetus came less from anything to do with native american culture and more from african, south american and South east asian cultures. I'd been given all these crafts and thought it'd be an interesting challenge/symbolic gesture to see if I could make myself an article of clothing from the natural materials I could find around me. The first thing I made was a hat out of leaves. As I was sewing the leaves together I wondered what people did for thread before we had industry produced thread. It was my curiosity around that question that eventually led me to amature taxidermy and plant fibre cordage making.
As I've been working on the small furbearers the question I get asked most often by the people who have happened to see it is "did you kill it?" A first impression I expect will leave a bad taste with the majority of the strangers who might see me and are likely judge without asking questions. I thought it'd be evident that there is an abundance of roadkill and that this would be the obvious source material for such projects.