People living in rain forests wear many different types of clothing, including those that they make themselves out of natural fibers or those manufactured in the developed world, depending upon the tribe or village. Tribes with little contact with outsiders do not wear clothing at all. By contrast, westerners who visit the rain forest generally adorn themselves in the modern, moisture-wicking, synthetic fibers to cope with the heat and humidity.Continue Reading
Rain forest are usually hot and damp places, so primitive tribes often find that the best way to stay comfortable and clean is to refrain from wearing clothing. Those that elect to wear clothing place an emphasis on clothes that breathe well and allow the quick evaporation of sweat and water. Some people, such as the Yaguas of northern South America, divide the labor of the tribe so that the men hunt for food and the women weave their clothing out of natural fibers.
Tribes that have frequent contact with modern people often trade with the visitors to acquire modern clothing. Such people often prefer loose-fitting, lightweight garments to keep them comfortable in the jungle. Loose-fitting skirts, wrap-around sarongs and large T-shirts are common items for such villagers to wear.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
A count of the number of rain forests left in the world is not available, but as of 2014, rain forests account for less than 2 percent of the Earth and are habitat for 50 percent of animals and plants. Several thousand years ago, rain forests covered about 12 percent of the Earth, or 6 million square miles. The largest continuous rain forest is near South America's Amazon river.Full Answer >
The traditional garb of the "pygmy" tribes is a plant-based clothing crafted from the leaves and bark of trees found in the African rain forest. In the native language this clothing is called "mulumba" and it is habitually painted in colourful abstract patterns.Full Answer >
Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, typically made clothing from woven fibers and animal hides, such as deerskin. They adorned their clothing with wooden beads, porcupine quills and feathers. Traditionally, men wore breechcloths, a type of skirt with one edge tucked through the legs and secured onto a belt. Women usually wore skirts and tunics or dresses. Both genders wore moccasins made from tough leather.Full Answer >
Interested people can learn about the Kumeyaay Indian tribe at Kumeyaay.com and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Kumeyaay.com offers the latest news on the tribe and information about its history, while Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians provides users with information on the tribe's government and business enterprises.Full Answer >