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The "Cuhtahlatah Necklace" is one in my series of "woman warrior necklaces," inspired by Native American breast plates, which were originally worn for physical and spiritual protection in hunting and battle. This one is named after a Cherokee woman who lived during the times of the American Revolutionary War. Her name means "wild hemp" and she is said to have led the Cherokee to victory in a battle after the death of her husband. My hope is that this "warrior woman" can serve as a metaphor now, not for bravery in violence, but for standing together in peace and fighting for what we believe in.

This is an exquisite white leather necklace made entirely by hand. Neck strap is braided from 4 pieces of finely cut suede which are then woven down the sides of the breast plate and allowed to flow long and free at the bottom. It is made with chunks of blue howlite (sometimes referred to as "turquenite" due to its strong resemblance to turquoise), as well as a number of small genuine turquoise and purple glass accent beads and Native American hairpipe beads, including one extra long cream colored one at the center of the breast plate. Long fringe pieces at the bottom are adorned with natural-hued pheasant feathers as well as one peacock feather, a chunky blue howlite bead, an antique vintage door key, and 3 of 4 ends are finished with recycled spent 22 gauge bullet shell casings. I like the idea of repurposing bullet shells to have something harmless and beautiful emerging from them rather than destructive bullets. Leather is second hand (but in excellent condition) so no animals were harmed in order to make this piece :) Design and craftsmanship by Sunday French Toast :)


This would be an exquisite gift for a lady friend or even as a special present to yourself :) It will come carefully shipped to you so that all of its stones and feathers remain in excellent shape :)

Holiday gift wrap is available for all items, and I can even send your purchase straight to that special somebody that you are buying for to ease your hectic holiday schedule! Just convo me before purchasing! :)

Dimensions: Neckstrap measures approximately 23.5 in (59.5 cm) as pictured here, but the ends can be tied to be adjusted as you like. Breast plate section measures approximately 6.5 in (16 cm) in length, and fringe extends another 15 in (38 cm) below that.

If you have questions about specific measurements (or anything else!) please shoot me an email before buying at sundayfrenchtoast [!at] gmail.com or convo me and I will be happy to give you all the information you need!

Shipping prices are for the United States for regular 2 – 8 day delivery via USPS First Class Mail and include delivery confirmation and a tracking number which I will send you once your package has shipped.

If you are an international customer and are interested in purchasing one of my items please send me an email or convo me and I will get you a specific shipping estimate based on your region.

Thanks for looking! :)

cuhtahlatah. white leather breast plate necklace w genuine turquoise & feathers.

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: upcycled leather, pheasant and peacock feathers, vintage antique door key, howlite beads, genuine turquoise beads, glass beads, hairpipe beads, silver metal wire, repurposed spent bullet shells
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 88 reviews
  • Favorited by: 63 people