Just a quick progress shot of Byuri's native costume. The entire outfit is nowhere near done, but her dress is finished, and I just had to take a photo. I drew a stylized Beaver on her bodice, and a Sisutyl around her skirt above the rows of fringe. The bottom fringe is made of raffia to represent shredded cedar bark, and both rows of leather fringe have tiny shells attached.
The outfit will not be authentic, but will be based on and inspired by, traditional Northwest Coast Native art and dance regalia. Byuri still needs moccasins, leggings, a painted fringed blanket/shawl, and a hat. But first I'm making Asa her native dress, which will be a similar style.
Martha Boers is an award-winning Canadian doll maker and costumer specializing in fantasy and historical-style costumes.