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Clothing

Shredded cedar bark and oiled bark were used on the Northwest Coast to provide adequate protection from the cold and wet. The Coast Salish made and used three main types of clothing in the past-a tunic top, a wrap-around skirt, and a poncho.

The tunic top was designed to slip over the wearer's head (generally a female) and to drape down over the front and back of her torso. The wrap-around skirt was worn in multiple ways. Men tended to wear it from just above the waist to below the knee, while women wore such items either from the waist to the ankle, or from just above the chest to just above the knee. The rain poncho resembled the wrap-around skirt, but was generally made with a much tighter weave (to increase its water repellency).

These garments were made using shredded bark that was rolled and sewn together to form tight rows of soft bark, generally following the openwork method that is described in the weaving section.

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