By Will Chavez
Models of all ages wore clothing from a period ranging from 900 A.D. to present. How clothing and accessories were made and some of the history behind the clothing worn by Cherokee and other Southeastern tribes were explained by an emcee while the clothing was modeled.
Rutherford said the traditional tear dress worn by Cherokee women during the Cherokee National Holiday and other events did not originate until the late 1960s and has evolved over time. The first tear dresses were “shorter and plainer” and now are made with better fabrics and have a more contemporary style, she said.
Below: "Model Catherine Foreman Gray wore a trade shirt, finger-woven belt and a wool wrap skirt that was typical for Cherokee women in the 1700s during a Souteastern-Indian style show Sept. 2. She also wore pucker-toe moccasins and some trade silver." (Will Chavez/Cherokee Phoenix)