It really is all about the blanket. And, that's the way it was back in 1913 when Mary McAboy (1876-1961) from Missoula, Montana, began to make her Skookum Indian dolls which depicted different Native American tribes, and usually sold as tourists' souvenirs. Apparently, she had, at first, arranged to acquire remnants from Pendleton Woolen Mills in Oregon and/or from Hudson Bay Company. Later on, when the dolls began to be mass produced, colorfully designed felt-like cloth was manufactured specifically for the dolls.
Skookums don't have arms but are wrapped with Indian-style folded blankets so that it looks like they have folded arms. (My dolls do have arms, but by the time I had finished folding and refolding this little blanket, I almost wished this doll didn't, either.) Some Skookums have bead necklaces, papooses, hair ties, headbands, kerchiefs, feathered headdresses and more. This doll has a papoose, a kerchief, and hair ties. Her hair is sculpted from cotton floss and the braids are secured with painted pipe cleaners. Her moccasins are sculpted from clay.
The blanket my latest "Skookum" inspired doll is wearing is cut from an old, very worn and thread-bare blanket, which, even now, is still quite beautiful. Of course, it is a given that I would want to use the most worn part of the blanket, for I like the look of black and brown together. Well, no matter, tattered and worn matters not, for it is still all about the blanket.