The Heritage Hipster

Ha! “Lumbersexuals” and “Urban Woodsmen.” Finally some proper names for this “new” fashion trend. We dressed like this in high school and still do whenever we can. The only difference is the new hipsters actually compliment us on our Pendleton shirts and Redwing boots.


Haha, I’ll have to think about this took me kind of by surprise yesterday, while I was observing an emerging “Charro”, or Mexican Cowboy fashion trend here in Mexico (more in a future post).

Even though the recently coined “Lumbersexual” and “Urban Woodsman” shows that this aspirational fashion is also coming to a head, I think such fashions are also a reflection of some very significant social changes in developed and affluent societies.


The Heritage Hipster Matrix Via Ouno Design



And I should be the first to admit that I was also a Heritage Hipster once.


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Yucca Fiber Skirt

Summer before last, the girl decided to branch out from just turning our yuccas into cordage.  After being inspired to make natural clothes by constructing a cattail hat, she decided to make a yucca skirt roughly modeled on the elderberry skirt example in Paul Campbell’s  book Survival Skills of Native California.

The completed skirt.  The buckskin shirt isn’t usually tucked in but is here show the top of the skirt.

In the past we have cleaned the fibers both by retting and by cooking.  The cooking is far faster so she spent a couple days stewing and cleaning the leaves for the project.  The resulting skirt was from a single large narrow-leaf yucca.  To make it fuller, it would take about twice this much fiber.  This is an excellent project that I think would translate well into other materials and could result in a cape, blanket, or even shelter.

To top it off, here are a pair of yucca fiber sandals to complete the outfit.

These aren’t the fanciest pair but were quick and easy.  One pair can take almost as much fiber as a skirt.  Next time, I’ll try to document the process in a “how to” format.