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Women's Buckskin is one of the oldest and most beautiful of the women’s dances. Often referred to as Women’s Traditional, it is danced tall, straight and proud, each step gliding as if on air, each sway of her waterfall of fringe like a breeze through a willow tree. This is a sophisticated dance style, not restricted to one age group. Women from around the nation, ages six to age ninety, can be found wearing this dress.
A well-dressed Southern Buckskin dancer will usually dress from the feet up, so we will begin at the bottom. Most persons when dressing in this style will begin with beaded knee moccasins more often than not made with white buckskin and tied just below the knee. This is followed by a long white buckskin skirt with a cotton tank attached at the waist. Next a person will put on a buckskin yoke. This is usually beaded and has long buckskin strips that hang down below the knees. Sometimes a breast plate will be worn over the dress, but that is optional. Various pieces of jewelry are also sometimes worn but these are optional as well. Moving up, a choker at times will be worn around the neck provided that there is no neckerchief. There are various ways that a person may wear hair anywhere from down to two tight French braids. A single feather is enough to finish the regalia although you may wish to embellish with beaded clips, berets and or heluskas.
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