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These great TURTLE SHELL & LEATHER BAGS are hand sewn by Cherokee artist Joni Struckmeir. These are made from red ear slider turtle shells which measure approx. 7″x 5″. ┬áThe red ear slider is one of the most common turtles who breed abundantly & are not endangered anywhere. The shells are professionally cleaned & then Joni does her magic. She uses beautiful, supple genuine buckskin in a variety of colors. Each bag has a flap closure utilizing the bottom of the turtle shell that is usually tossed aside, Jonie uses every piece. She adds a hand braided buckskin strap which measures about 29 inches on each side & is totally adjustable for your preferred length. The inner compartment is roomy & fully lined with that same, supple buckskin for comfort. Then the she has allowed for at least 7 inches of buckskin fringe with every strand of fringe decorated with silver cones & glass pony beads. When the fringes dances, it makes a pleasurable tingling sound almost like a rain stick. A lot of care & craftsmanship has gone into the making of each one of these bags. It would be really hard to find better quality! Choose leather colors available: white, beige, gold, light brown or whiskey & black. Only 6 remaining !!

These beautiful bags are hand sewn by an expert leather crafter from a Cherokee heritage, although not enrolled as an official tribal member. Therefore, a certificate of authenticity can not be offered with this item. But Joni is of Cherokee heritage & has many years of experience & is sought after from movie & television costume managers as well as casinos, museums & musical celebrities.


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