Continuing the Tradition: TCAA Rawhide Braiding

Posted on September 22, 2022 by Christopher Winfield in

The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) is dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of Saddlemaking, Bit and Spur Making, Silversmithing and Rawhide Braiding. “Continuing the Tradition” is our new video series showing the history of each of the traditional cowboy art disciplines and how TCAA artists are helping to continue those traditions. Today, learn more about the history of rawhide braiding and the role of this craft in the cowboy culture of the North American West.

Jay Adcock’s Reata

This 3/8-inch 6-strand reata is crafted from dyed cowhide and measures 55 feet. The honda is accented with natural-colored knots that are interwoven with burgundy.

Jay Adcock grew up amongst a ranching family in Oklahoma. He was inspired by his grandfather to work with rawhide and leather at an early age.

The Museum is proud to partner with the TCAA to showcase the best examples of their art during our annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale, September 30 – October 1. Items will remain on exhibit through January 2, 2023.

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