What Did the Lakota Indians Wear?

Traditional Lakota clothing was made using animal skins, such as elk and buffalo, and included dresses for women and leggings and buckskin shirts for men. Moccasins were common as footwear and long robes made from buffalo hides served as protection from the cold.

Lakota clothing also included a spiritual element, comprising symbolic bead work and other adornments. Clothing changed during colonial times as the Lakota began to assimilate European garments such as vests and dresses made of cloth.

Ceremonial headdresses, particularly for warriors and chiefs, included feathered warbonnets. Otherwise, long fur-wrapped braids were common as hairstyles among both men and women in everyday life.