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American Indian Clothing & Moccasins

The impressive variety of clothing that comes out of the American Indian tradition adds to our shared understanding of North American history. Featuring innovative design complemented with elaborate beadwork and quillwork decoration, American Indian clothing and moccasins best showcase this variety and date back to their culture’s earliest eras.

American Indian clothing began by following simple patterns that could be adapted from the natural dimensions of an animals hide. Early women’s dresses, for example, were derived from a hide that was basically folded in half to create an almost A-line silhouette. A similar simplicity underwrote the development of the moccasin, also conjured from animal skins, which wrapped around the foot, offering protection from outdoor elements while also being adequately lightweight to allow the wearer to run (if necessary).

While these styles were simple in nature, there decoration was anything but: elaborate beadwork often adorned war shirts, dresses and moccasins. Some of this rich beadwork was pure decoration, but in other instances these designs served as a reflection of the wearer. Accordingly, collecting these artifacts today gives insight into American Indian culture, both from the universal and the personal level.


Quick Facts

  • The word “moccasin” is derived from various American Indian tongues; the Ojibwa equivalent, “makizin,” and the Algonquin “makasin,” for example, are the root of “moccasin” and both translate roughly to “shoe”
  • The record sale price for a bead-embroidered war shirt was set in May 2011 at a Sotheby’s auction. Once the property of Black Bird, a noted chief of the Sioux tribe, the Oglala Sioux Beaded and Fringed Hide War Shirt sold for $2,658,500
  • Just as different figures within a tribe might port different decorative designs, clothing styles and motifs differed between tribal groups

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Native American Pima Beaded Moccasins
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Native American Pima Beaded Moccasins
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Grp: 4 Southwestern Belts 3 Concho
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CDT
Grp: 4 Southwestern Belts 3 Concho
by Revere Auctions
Est: $400- $800
$2001 Bid
Sioux Blue Moccasins
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Sioux Blue Moccasins
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
(3) Pair of Native American Beaded Moccasins
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(3) Pair of Native American Beaded Moccasins
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
NORTHERN PLAINS GAUNTLET GLOVES & MOCCASINS
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
NORTHERN PLAINS GAUNTLET GLOVES & MOCCASINS
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $150- $200
$1001 Bid
Native American Indian hide dress with fringe
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Native American Indian hide dress with fringe
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
Native American Indian tanned hide scout coat
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Native American Indian tanned hide scout coat
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
Pair of Plains Indian beaded hide leggings
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair of Plains Indian beaded hide leggings
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Early Signed Native American Silver Concho Belt
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Early Signed Native American Silver Concho Belt
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $25- $100
$251 Bid
Pair of Native American Indian dyed hide moccasins
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Pair of Native American Indian dyed hide moccasins
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
Sioux Beaded Hide Moccasins, with American Flag
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Sioux Beaded Hide Moccasins, with American Flag
by Hindman
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
(4) NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN'S MOCCASINS
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CDT
(4) NATIVE AMERICAN CHILDREN'S MOCCASINS
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $150
$500 Bids
Two pairs of wool/fur and hide moccasins.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
Two pairs of wool/fur and hide moccasins.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$1000 Bids
Early Native American Silver Concho Belt
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Early Native American Silver Concho Belt
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $425- $900
$1000 Bids
PAIR OF LATE 19TH CENTURY PLAINS BEADED MOCCASINS
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
PAIR OF LATE 19TH CENTURY PLAINS BEADED MOCCASINS
by Marion Antique Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
BABY INDIAN LEATHER SHOES
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
BABY INDIAN LEATHER SHOES
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $15- $25
$20 Bids
Sioux Indian beadwork child's vest
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Sioux Indian beadwork child's vest
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Northern Plains Indian beaded moccasins
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Northern Plains Indian beaded moccasins
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Santee Sioux Indian beaded hide moccasins
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Santee Sioux Indian beaded hide moccasins
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids
Sioux Indian beaded moccasins
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Sioux Indian beaded moccasins
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
Woodlands Indian buckskin moccasins
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Woodlands Indian buckskin moccasins
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $120- $200
$600 Bids
Native American Indian tanned hide mitten gloves
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Native American Indian tanned hide mitten gloves
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Native American Indian made buffalo hide coat
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Native American Indian made buffalo hide coat
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Comanche Indian woman's hide dress, mid 20th c.
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Comanche Indian woman's hide dress, mid 20th c.
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $300- $400
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Indian Clothing & Moccasins


Pook & Pook, Inc.

Pook & Pook, Inc.

Hindman

Hindman

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida