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While the most common garment for Native American men was a breechclout, or loincloth, for women it was the skirt. Although Native American women did throw a cloak around their shoulders for warmth, the skirt was often worn without any covering for the upper body. Skirts were commonly knee-length or longer. The simplest skirts were made of grasses tied to a waist string; these were worn mostly by Indian tribes along the coasts of North America. Other styles included a wraparound leather skirt, an apron tied at the back, two aprons tied to cover both the front and the back, and woven and sewn patchwork skirts. Made of leather, grasses, feathers, bark, and later, woven cotton or other fabric, skirts were embellished with fringe, embroidery, beadwork, tassels, and other ornaments. As Native Americans had more contact with Europeans, their skirt styles changed to mimic the flowing European styles, and many women began wearing leather or cloth dresses that covered their breasts. Before long, purchased fabric skirts replaced handmade leather or woven skirts for many.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Hofsinde, Robert. Indian Costumes. New York: William Morrow, 1968.

Hungry Wolf, Adolf. Traditional Dress: Knowledge and Methods of Old-Time Clothing. Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Co., 1990.

Paterek, Josephine. Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1994.

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skirt / skərt/ • n. a woman's outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs. ∎  the part of a coat or dress that hangs below the waist. ∎ inf., chiefly offens. a woman or women regarded as objects of sexual desire: so, Al, off to chase some skirt? ∎  the curtain that hangs around the base of a hovercraft to contain the air cushion. ∎  a surface that conceals or protects the wheels or underside of a vehicle or aircraft. ∎  a small flap on a saddle, covering the bar from which the stirrup leather hangs. ∎  archaic an edge, border, or extreme part. Compare with outskirts. • v. [tr.] go around or past the edge of: he did not go through the city but skirted it. ∎  be situated along or around the edge of: the fields that skirted the highway were full of cattle. ∎  [intr.] (skirt along/around) go along or around (something) rather than directly through or across it: the river valley skirts along the northern slopes of the hills. ∎  attempt to ignore; avoid dealing with: there was a subject she was always skirting | [intr.] the treaty skirted around the question of political cooperation. DERIVATIVES: skirt·ed adj. [in comb.] a full-skirted dress.

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Skirt

the edge of a crowd; a number of trees bordering or surrounding a place, 1617.

Examples : skirt of the enemy host, 1577; of the thickets, 1835; skirts of the cause, 1629; of congregation, 1764; of the crowd, 1894; of human nature, 1820; of the night, 1624; of power, 1839; of religion, 1648; of wood, 1617.

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skirt part of a dress or robe from the waist down XIII; flap of a saddle, etc. XIV; border, edge XV. — ON. skyrta shirt = OE. sċyrte SHIRT.
Hence vb. be on the border OF. XVII.

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skirt

skirt.
1. Projection of the eaves.

2. Apronpiece under a window.

3. Plane sides of a room.

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