"Seen By Her Nation" is a unique and one-of-a-kind fully beaded Lakota woman's dress inspired by my daughter Andrea Bear King and titled in honor of a wife of our Hunkpapa Lakota Leader Sitting Bull. This dress is designed and created with the Woman's Northern Traditional dancer in mind, but is also a very beautiful piece of collectable art.
Bold motifs of dragonflies, lightening bolds, tipis, turtles, and stars all of which are symbolic of the history and culture of my Lakota relatives are incorporated into this dress. The dress includes a fully beaded yoke, beaded skirt, belt, purse, beaded mink hair ties, strike-a-light bag, knife sheath, a bone choker and breastplate. The beaded technique includes both the lane/lazy and applique stitch. All components of the dress are completely handstitched. Two-bead edging was utilized to elegantly finish the dress. The dress took over 2 years to complete. Materials include: Czech Cut Glass Seed Beads Size 11, Size 3mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm Burgundy Swarovski Crystals, Gold plated 6mm & 8mm beads, 1 1/2" & 4" Bone Hair Pipes, Sable Minks, Brain tanned deer & elk hides, sterling silver findings, canvas and cow hide. The yoke measures at 60" x 33" and the skirt measures at 37" x 39".
Modeled by Andrea Bear King at the 2019 SWAIA Native American Clothing Contest where it received the Best of Show for the Woman's category.