Dakota Night Sky

Type of art: Beadwork / Quillwork

"Dakota Night Sky" is a girls traditional buckskin dress. Inspired by the summer night sky of my Dakota homeland, this dress represents the evening sky (the black traditional color) with the stars bursting with all of their brilliant colors. Designed and beaded with the highest quality materials, this dress has a fully beaded yoke, beaded skirt, mink hair ties, a separate purse, strike-a-light, knife sheath, trailer, a full traditional bone breastplate with 4 beaded medallions, fully beaded belt and a bone choker with a beaded Swarovski drop.  

Materials: Size 15 glass beads (over a million beads used to complete the dress). Size 15 sterling silver Czech Charolettes, size 2.5mm Swarovski Jet Black Crystals, size 8mm Swarovski Black and White Opal Crystals, 27mm Swarovski Jet Black Rivoli, 1” and 4” bone hair pipes, natural black horse hair, 2 platinum minks, size 6 mm Sterling Silver beads, Sterling Silver cones, Sterling Silver findings, Pewter beads, and 4 premium traditionally brain tanned deer hides. The dress took 3 years to complete.

Technique: The bead technique includes lane stitch, applique stitch, and peyote stitch. Every element of this dress is all hand stitched. The dress measures at 32” x 38”. A very wearable piece for a young girl, but also a very collectable piece of art for the Fine Art Connoisseur.

Price: $25,000
Beverly Moran
Standing Rock
Beverly (Bear King) Moran is a beadwork artist specializing in northern traditional buckskin dresses and horse regalia. She has won numerous awards including Best of Show at the Autry Museum of the American West in 2016 and the Best of Classification at the Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market in 2018. In 2019, she won a prestigious award for her dress "Seen By Her Nation" at the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts Native American Clothing Contest. During the 2020 Santa Fe Virtual Indian Art Market she was awarded the Executive Director's Special Award for "Honoring Your Father & Mother". She actively participates in the world renowned Gathering of Nations Horse & Rider Regalia parade held annually in Albuquerque in April.
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