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Old 11-20-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Question Florette work

Hi everyone I need help I'm interested in making fans and plume sets for dancers. But I'm wondering if any one can give a tutorial on florette work for fans like the ones jingle and traditional dancers use? I hate asking because of traditions and secrecy.but you can't learn with out asking.

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Like so much of Native life this is something that is hard to explain in words :) There are so many things that vary from project to project and feather to feather. You just kind of have to get in the studio and have a go at it. You're going to mess up a bunch of feathers when you start. But with practice you will improve.

When I started, I just mounted a bunch of turkey feathers on skewers. Then I trimmed the tip pieces off on a bunch of florettes to use. Then i just practiced. It is really the only way you can figure out how to prepare the transition between the skewer and the feather. Or how to wrap the feathers without gluing in your fingers, LOL. Or how to cut feathers.

Once you done a little, then you study the work of masters. You can figure out a lot once you've tried your hand at it.


The other thing you need to realize is that more than a few of us on here make and sell regalia. Asking a fan maker to give out their secrets is asking for part of their livelihood. For that reason these techniques tend to be transmitted in families and communities.

I'm pretty open. I don't feed myself or my family doing this work. But, I do like to know that I'm not teaching someone who is going to take food off a needy Native family's table.
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I put a reply on the other thread.

Florettes
Florette work

Like so much of Native life this is something that is hard to explain in words :) There are so many things that vary from project to project and feather to feather. You just kind of have to get in the studio and have a go at it. You're going to mess up a bunch of feathers when you start. But with practice you will improve.

When I started, I just mounted a bunch of turkey feathers on skewers. Then I trimmed the tip pieces off on a bunch of florettes to use. Then i just practiced. It is really the only way you can figure out how to prepare the transition between the skewer and the feather. Or how to wrap the feathers without gluing in your fingers, LOL. Or how to cut feathers.

Once you done a little, then you study the work of masters. You can figure out a lot once you've tried your hand at it.


The other thing you need to realize is that more than a few of us on here make and sell regalia. Asking a fan maker to give out their secrets is asking for part of their livelihood. For that reason these techniques tend to be transmitted in families and communities.

I'm pretty open. I don't feed myself or my family doing this work. But, I do like to know that I'm not teaching someone who is going to take food off a needy Native family's table.
I'm not the kind of person who takes advantage of other people.
I'm the kind of person who gives back to the people who makes things.I know our history its not fair what the white folk did to native americans.I don't like it that natives had to move from there tribal lands.even today people are taken from there homes and land to acomidate people.so I thank native America for there traditions.I learn so that I can give back.
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