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Now that I have almost completed tanning my the first deer hide that looks like it will come out nice I have been thinking of a project to use it for. If I tan two more hides I was thinking a shirt might be nice. So, I have read a few how-tos on the internet and it seems any extra hide just ends up as part of the fringe. To leave more than a couple of inches of fringe seems like a bit of a waste. Is the fringe anything more than decoration? Does it wave in the wind to provide better camouflage or something?
 

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Mag, correct, the water runs from the shirt to the fringe and then drips off, or that is the theory anyway.
 

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Yes if it is done correctly the fringe will help get rid of water.
It is also a neat place to put trade beads, tie scalps and show your prowess. I have seen some work their elk ivory or bear claws into the fringe.
Some used the fringe as extra "string", if they needed to tie something up quick they would cut off a piece of fringe, it wasn't done everyday but when camp is a days walk away it worked in a pinch.
 

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