The dress is constructed from blue wool strouding using cotton thread that has been both hand sewn and machine sewn. The hem of the dress and the sleeve hems are lined with three rows of silk trade ribbon in red, purple, and yellow. 127 elk teeth adorn the front yoke, 97 adorn the back side of the yoke. There is a red medicine bundle attached (sewn) to the top row of teeth on the front right yoke.
On March 16, 2015 during a NAGPRA collections review, designated tribal representatives from the three Ute tribes informed History Colorado staff that the medicine bundle near the neck of the dress is for protection and luck. Tribal representatives noted the dress is made out of trade cloth, which would have been very hot and thus would not have been worn during the summertime. The dress is stitched closed around the armpits now, but that part would have been open at some point for air flow and for nursing. Tribal representatives noticed that there was once a different ribbon at the bottom, and that the fabric extension on the bottom of the dress is typical of both Ute and Comanche style.
This dress and another, 2003.114.2, were obtained between 1915 and 1920 by the Henry Crawford family at the Ute Mountain Indian Agency at Towoac, Colorado. The Crawfords owned and operated the Crawford Trading Post. Family records indicate that the elk teeth were obtained by Chief Ouray for Chipeta. She wore them on buckskin before they were transferred to this garment. See Material Culture files.