Shape & Functionality
Several features of Earthworks Tipi covers are designed to help create the tipi’s distinctive shape and abilities.
Gores are an exclusive feature of Earthworks Tipis. The gores are two long, wedge-shaped pieces sewn between the body of the tipi and the smoke flaps. They give the top of the tipi fullness so that the canvas wraps snugly around the cluster of poles without wrinkling.
The lifting tongue of the cover is tied to the last pole you raise on the tipi. This high stress area has a panel of canvas and hidden vinyl reinforcing to distribute stress over a larger area and double buffalo hide to prevent tearing.
The bottom edges of the smoke flaps extend to cover the opening above the lacing pins. The smoke flaps can also be adjusted to enhance the draw for an open fire. Smoke flap poles fit into sturdy, reinforced pole pockets at the top of the flaps.
Made of heavy weight cotton. This includes corner smoke flap loops, ties above the lacing pin holes and door hold downs.
A tipi door is created by providing your cover with an opening in the fabric.
Our standard door is approximately 48″ x 22″. It’s an egg-shaped opening, edged with buffalo hide to prevent wear, and is rigged with six door cover hold-down loops. We also offer an oversized door that is 60″ x 30″. The arched doorway is 72″ x 22″ and does not have the attachment at the bottom of the door. It’s best for uses where access and mobility are a concern.
Cover can tie shut from inside or outside. When shut, two horizontal ribs secure it and give it rigidity. It can also be rolled up and tied open. For ease of use, tie one side and swing the door cover open from the other side. Every Earthworks Tipi Package comes with a door cover.