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Native American Moccasin Repairs

Updated on June 10, 2015

Repairing 100 year old moccasins.

As a Native crafter the most honored thing we can do when asked is to bring back a damaged piece of Regalia. In this lens sharing I am going to discuss the repair and renewal of a 100 year old pair of beautiful Native American moccasins.

May Wakan Tanka encircle you and yours with faith to believe, hope for the future, and love for all as you read and enjoy sharing this lens with friends and family.

Blessings Annlee

All moccasin photos are copy protected by Annlee Cakes of Arkansas City, Kansas

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The moccasins

The pair of moccasins arrived with allot of damage to the leathers and missing beads. As you can see in the photos the sole and upper were ripped apart and needed some loving care to repair them back into their original beauty.

We do repair allot of wonderful and vintage Regalia that is in dire need of reconditioning. We have done belts, moccasins, shirts, rattles and more.

The hardest part of repairing a vintage piece of Regalia is finding and matching the very old seed beads. We have an extensive collection of seed beads. And, we are always looking for older seed beads all the time.

Seed beads have on each batch creation a specific shade of color. The shades are not always re-manufactured and remain highly prized when found.

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Moccasins before repairs.

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Rear of moccasins showing some missing beads.The entire toe design is almost missing. Just enough was left to be able to see the color design starts and the design upon the shoe. A major seed beading was needed.Shows some of the ripped leathers from top to sole.Another section of ripped out leathers from top to sole.
Rear of moccasins showing some missing beads.
Rear of moccasins showing some missing beads.
The entire toe design is almost missing. Just enough was left to be able to see the color design starts and the design upon the shoe. A major seed beading was needed.
The entire toe design is almost missing. Just enough was left to be able to see the color design starts and the design upon the shoe. A major seed beading was needed.
Shows some of the ripped leathers from top to sole.
Shows some of the ripped leathers from top to sole.
Another section of ripped out leathers from top to sole.
Another section of ripped out leathers from top to sole.
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Repaired moccasins.

We started the repairs by re-attaching the leather soles to the uppers. This process was done my making by hand a traditional pine glue and then stitching the units by hand.

The missing beads around the shoes was next.

Then we re-crafted the toe designs in a traditional patterned color that we checked into the records from a hundred plus years ago to find the design they originally used. This was a great search effort and we did find the exact design.

May you now enjoy seeing the finished photos.

We were honored in re-storing this beautiful vintage pair of moccasins and they shall now go on display in Texas for many visitors to view.

Blessings........Annlee

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Repaired Moccasins

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Side view of new beaded toe designRemember the missing beads? All repaired now!Remember the ripped out leathers? They look like they did when first crafted.Full toe design fully repaired.
Side view of new beaded toe design
Side view of new beaded toe design
Remember the missing beads? All repaired now!
Remember the missing beads? All repaired now!
Remember the ripped out leathers? They look like they did when first crafted.
Remember the ripped out leathers? They look like they did when first crafted.
Full toe design fully repaired.
Full toe design fully repaired.

Walk softly in the rain drops with moccasins or your feet get wet?

— Robert Vincent

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