This custom leather vest was built with moccasin cowhide leather. The seams and edges of it were braided with 1/4" wide laces cut from the same leather that the parts of the vest were cut from. The braided leather conchoes frame snake skin that the buyer sent to me. The buyer also requested the braided leather tassels hanging from the conchoes, the shoulders, and the sides.
Over the last 40 years, I've custom built hundreds of vests - you can see over 50 of them on my vests home page. While they are all braided, that's pretty much where their similarities end. After seeing the many features I can offer, folks contact me with their own ideas/designs and we discuss how I should build one for them. Each vest ends up truly being a unique, handmade, long lasting, one of a kind piece.