We have found that the inside of our tipi has caused mush suprise as some people are amazed at how
decorative a tipi can be. Inside the tipi the dew cloth would be painted with pattens making it like the wallpaper we have on our walls. Some times the patterns were created with beads, our own is painted in designs. It took quite a while at first painting one colour then waiting for it to dry before painting the next. You can paint one of the inner colours which saves a bit of time but doing to much I found that you do tend to touch one while it is wet. Native Americans also had back
rests in the tipi which are made of willow rods about 3/8 thick.
They were stripped of the bark, painted and strung together with cords of heavy sinew. We use very strong cord instead of sinew. They are then hung on a tripod made of poles about 1'' to 1.5'' thick you then had some where to hang your war bonnet and other small bags. Other small items were placed under the tripod out of the way which also kept the tipi tidy. Most of the bags and boxes of old were made of raw hide and painted, ours are made of thin wood and painted in the same way. Again like our homes, even the out side of the tipi was painted with some sort of design which would tell people some thing about the owners.