Painted Buffalo Robes

The Plains tribes are known for their highly decorated and stylized robes made from the skins of buffalo, since this animal was the sustainer of life for the people on the plains, but other animals were also used. Each tribe would have their own type of decoration and symbolism associated with the robes, and in turn each family would then in turn have their own version of their tribes design. Paint made from rock and plant pigments was used. As the years progressed, connection to white settlers brought trade, and the introduction of small beads for fine detail work that was faster then the laborious art of quill working. This was around the mid-1800ís. During the white contact years, painting was still done, due to its ease versus quill work or beadwork, but all ways of decoration were still used.
Painted Buffalo Robe
Painted Buffalo Robe
This old design is a stylized view of the warbonnet as seen from the back. Several rows of feathers create such a regular pattern. Only respected warriors were permitted to wear such a medicine robe.
These robes are painted by native artists on large brain tanned buffalo hides using natural pigments and traditional techniques

ROB31 - Warbonnet Buffalo Robe ....$ 2,950.00

Warbonnet Buffalo Robe
Painted Buffalo Robe
Same as above, but without the border
ROB32 - Buffalo Robe .... $ 2,850.00

Warbonnet Buffalo Robe
Honoring Robe
For many tribes, robes were gender separated by the art produced on them. One design style example done by the Lakota and surrounding tribes is called the box and border design. This design was kept strictly for the robes of women. The painting done in the box and boarder design robes where painted by women for women, and reflected symbolically the geometrical proportions and internal organs of the buffalo.
ROB33 - Honoring Buffalo Robe .... $ 3,350.00


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