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Old 04-11-2002, 03:36 PM   #1
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Explanation please

No this is not going to hurt -
Just wondering , use to hear about how you carry you shawl, depeneds on your mother, married........
Never could get anyone to tell me something definite
So if anyone out there with the knowledge would care to pass it on please do.

then there's the wrap around your skirt that has fringe, anyone know about it?

inquiring minds want to know
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I think what you are asking about is an apron, that many Comanche women wear. the men wear something similar when wearing their traditional TU-We clothes and it is called a "peetsquina"(not sure about the spelling). I don't know if the name of the women's apron is the same. The Comanche women's apron can be worn with or without fringe. the Kiowa women also wear a similar apron and I cannot tell you their name for that either. The apron is wrapped aroung the waist and it should end on the left side, oblique-like toward the front. The reason for this is because the belt drop and belt set go on the right side.
As for your shawl question, I have never heard about rules regarding your marital status or parentage affecting which arm you carry your shawl. Most women I see carry it on their left arm because they carry their fan in their right.(easier to fan yourself on those hot days with your right hand)
don't know if this will help, this is just some of my observations--
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Interesting, we have all these older experienced dancers for ever women on this board and none of them has anything to say.

I just carry my shawl the way I was shown, and I don't wear the apron at all.
but I have seen these and was just wondering what the story is behind all of it.

So once again ,anyone with the knowledge please inform the rest of us.
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If you look at all the old photos of southern plains women, they usually had a piece of yard goods wrapped around their waists. This was used as an apron would be used while they were cooking, doing chores, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if it was used to swing a few babies to sleep too. That piece of cloth then transferred into their "dress up" clothes and dance regalia using lighter and fancier fabrics. There was a wonderful little Comanche lady who even in her later years (through the '70s) still wore t-dresses and her peetsquina every day.

The peetsquina is now referred to as a wrap, not an apron and in powwow regalia has taken on a fancier style -- fringed or not (this is the wearer's choice), colorful materials, etc. Comanche buckskin outfits are still worn with the wrap. In the old pictures you'll see everything from pieces of plain blankets to the very intricate Hungarian and Czech pieces (Crazy Crow carries some of these types of patterns in scarves and shawl pieces).

As for carrying your shawl...I carry mine on my left arm so my fringes don't get caught in my belt dragger.
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Thanks beadedpony,
so is the wrap from all over the southwest or just Commanche style?
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Commanche and Kiowa are only ones we see that wear this wrap around.
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Can't add much, Beaded Pony explained it all pretty well. I wear mine opening to the left so that doesnt get caught in my dragger as easily, as well as carry my shawl on my left arm, same reason. I have seen these(wraps) done monochromatically and contrasting to the dresses, solids and patterns, so I dont think that there is a set thing that you have to do with it to go with your dress. Comanche and Kiowas are what I have seen wearing this as well.
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Interesting, we have all these older experienced dancers for ever women on this board and none of them has anything to say.
Sorry I was out of state at a powwow. What everyone has said about the wrap is also what I know about it.
About the shawl I had not heard the story before that you said was told to you concering how it should be worn.
I do know now days with all the contesting going on 99.99% of the women will have it over their left arm so the judges can see their number is line up and the dancers are all facing the same way.
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Mato glad to hear, was good weekend.
Mato fix and grilled cheese this weekend?

okay nother question, Why do some fold their shawl with the fringe in so the only fringe is at the bottom, and why do some have the fringe out?

Is all this just personal choice, some of the dancers i watch have the applique work on their shawl also and being so big(applique) just with the fringe on the bottom lines up with the ribbon work it looks beautiful!

I fold mine so the fringe is out, i like the feel of it swaying, keeping its time, one of the few times in my life that i feel graceful.
Anyone else?
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Good timing on this one. I just got material to make my own Kiowa style cloth outfits.
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At some contest dances in OK, I have seen what I call a contest shawl, dont know if it really has a correct name. It is smaller than a reg. shawl, about half size and not meant to be worn, just carried. They sometimes run the ribbonwork vertically, so that it shows on most of the shawl when it is carried. They really look nice, and would probably be cooler on the arm as well.
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That is what I'm doing with my shawl, making a small version. You have seen how honkin' my other one is there is no way I'm carrying that puppy over this old arm in the heat!!!! :sweat: :Tongue
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Mato glad to hear, was good weekend.
Mato fix and grilled cheese this weekend?
Thanks, it was a great weekend!! Good drums, good dancing, good outfits, good contests!! :)


No way was I cooking this weekend!! This old gal was going to enjoy herself!!
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So you can have a "Contest shawl" just for dancing, and not to use over shoulders? Then that would be less work on making full size shawl and could be way keener and fancier.....
Never thought of that, may have to make some, so this is okaypractice to have seperate shawls?
I ask cause only made full size shawls and used them all day long
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And yes those contest shawls are darn nice especially witht he fringe same color as ribbonwork tooo cool

goingt o post some pictures today of older pw's from 90 91, see is anyone remembers them.
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shawls

Know heavy shawls. I got stupid and made one and put two plus spools of black fringe with four rows of knots. Two rows with plastic firepolish on each knot. I've had people want to make one like it. Usually let them use it once. It usually frives the idea away quickly.
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I have seen this type of shawl out in OK the last 2 summers, so would ASSUME that it is acceptable, if not actually correct. They dont wear them, so dont know that anyone would really know the difference. It is actually half the size of a full size one, and fringed only on the bottom, as that is all that shows.
Mato, I have a half shawl given to me by Betty W. about 18 years ago, and it was old then. (could just have been incorrect then too!);) I use it quite a bit, have you ever been able to tell?
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The majority of my shawls are the 3/4 shawls used only for my regalia. Make sure you do not make it too light, it doesn't swing as nicely. If you do make it too light, use fishing weights at the bottom to give it more swing without having to use your arm to swing it. That takes away from your rhythm when you are worrying about whether your shawl is swinging. ha ha It looks bad too. Especially with the lighter materials we are using today, the sparkle satin and the shinier stuff. My mom basically only uses bridal satin because it is heavier, dry cleans better,and keeps its form longer. We have never used taffeta because it takes more care and doesn't last very long. Plus when you sit down, bridal satin doesn't wrinkle as easily. I have skirts that are 30 years old that have been dry cleaned and look pretty good.
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...it is called a "peetsquina"(not sure about the spelling). I don't know if the name of the women's apron is the same.
I was told peetsquinaa translates to shawl -- makes sense, since that's all it really was -- and that it is the same for both men and women. Comanche men and women, that is.
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I've seen the lighter shawls also, at pow wows lately. Ladies that used to say they would never carrying anything but a full shawl are now looking at these. I've seen them but haven't made one yet.

I made the mistake of making a really nice full shawl, with fringe tied every half inch, fringe about 17 inches long (I'm tall, so I had added some length).....it made a really nice shawl, but it's a little heavy. I had thought about adding the glass beads....but after the first time carrying it, I decided not to.

Also, just my two cents on the apron, my little comanche aunt (adopted.....I'm creek) told me the apron was from women's kitchen aprons. She told me that whenever a woman had company she would wear her best apron.....same for pow wows.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the discussion....... :)
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I have been married down here in Comanche country and have had the honor of talking to Margie Sovo and Rose Attocknie, who are the elder women of the Tu-Whee society.They said that the Peetsaqueenah (?), is to cover the body as a show of modesty. It is to be loose fitting. I have four daughters and I had brought out the oldest two at Ponca, but am getting ready to dress them Comanche, otter hat and all. I have spoken to the aunts of my husband and they are helping me to prepare my daughters' dresses, etc., so I won't get anything wrong or offend any of their elders.
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