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From the pattern's description:
This style of buckskin pants is typical of those worn by
the trappers, traders, and frontiersmen from the
Mississippi River to the Pacific Coast beginning in
the late 1700's and stretching to the end of the 18th.
century. While many of the mountain men outfitted in
St. Louis with commercial cloth trousers, the rigors
of the frontier soon rendered them useless and they
were then replaced by elk or buckskin pants copied from
the cloth ones. Leather trousers held up much better
under the rough conditions of trapping, riding, and
frontier life in general, and were made either by the
mountain man himself or by Indians from a friendly tribe.
Decorations varied considerably and most pants were
quite plain; however, fringe was very popular and some
examples even sport floral beadwork down the front of
both legs! Other variations include a sawtooth edge on
the fly cover and rear "foxing", or reinforcement on
the back section of the legs and seat which might also
have a sawtooth edge.
Our Buckskin Pants are authentically designed and
simple to construct. They are extrememly serviceable
and can be worn with either a belt or suspenders.