To put some perspective into the cost of native-made goods.  This is:
7 square feet of smoked moose hide, $77
3 dyed-red rabbit furs which were 57% off so it was only $10.
5 square feet of purple split leather (rough on both sides, not suitable for mitts/moccasins, mostly just trim etc) $20
You can see how little it is.  That’s just the cost of materials, now factor the time needed to work with these materials. Beading alone is a huge time suck. If I were to make moccasins out of the moose hide and if I were crazy enough to trim them in red fur (I’m not, that’s for mitts later) and if I beaded them, I’d be lucky to get two small (kids) pairs out of that and you’d be damn certain it would be worth at least $300 a pop just in materials and labour.
Polished moose or deer hide is $8.99 a square foot.  I’d need about 28 square feet to make maybe three adults pairs of moccs, and that’s $251.72 in material costs alone.

To put some perspective into the cost of native-made goods.  This is:

  • 7 square feet of smoked moose hide, $77
  • 3 dyed-red rabbit furs which were 57% off so it was only $10.
  • 5 square feet of purple split leather (rough on both sides, not suitable for mitts/moccasins, mostly just trim etc) $20

You can see how little it is.  That’s just the cost of materials, now factor the time needed to work with these materials. Beading alone is a huge time suck. If I were to make moccasins out of the moose hide and if I were crazy enough to trim them in red fur (I’m not, that’s for mitts later) and if I beaded them, I’d be lucky to get two small (kids) pairs out of that and you’d be damn certain it would be worth at least $300 a pop just in materials and labour.

Polished moose or deer hide is $8.99 a square foot.  I’d need about 28 square feet to make maybe three adults pairs of moccs, and that’s $251.72 in material costs alone.

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