What Type of Clothing Did Native Americans Wear?

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Native American clothing varied according to tribe and climate, but most were made of animal hides. After the arrival of the Europeans on the American continent, Native Americans slowly began adopting woven fabrics into their attire.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, Native American men wore breechcloths consisting of a piece of material or hide tucked into a belt. In cool climates and during the winter, men donned leggings to keep warm. While some men wore elaborate shirts, many went shirtless during warm weather.

Native American woman wore tunics over skirts or leggings, and members of some tribes, including Cherokee and Apache, wore long buckskin dresses. Footwear consisted of soft leather shoes called moccasins, and cloaks or furs were worn in cold weather.