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American clothing – 1700s

By |2017-08-10T17:39:24+00:00August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Hendrick, an Iroquois leader, in 1740 AD By the 1700s, clothing styles had changed more. There were not so many deer on the East Coast anymore, so deerskin was harder to get. Most people gave up wearing deerskin and started to wear wool and linen clothing. Because Christian settlers on the East Coast thought it was wrong to show [...]

American clothing – 1600s AD

By |2017-08-10T16:55:02+00:00August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Algonquin people with wool blankets In the 1600s, most people still dressed the same as they had before, in deerskins. But in the south-west, Pueblo and Navajo people began to buy wool clothing from the Spanish settlers. Europeans produced a lot of wool to sell, so they wanted to sell it to Americans. The wool clothes were cheaper than deerskin, [...]

American clothing in the 1500s AD

By |2017-08-10T16:49:07+00:00August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

A Cree deerskin jacket Kids in North America in the 1500s AD wore deerskin dresses or shirts and pants when it was cold, and they mostly went naked when it was warm. Often their moms cut down old worn-out grown-up clothes for their kids to wear, because clothes were so expensive. Grown-up women mostly wore long, loose [...]

Native American clothing history – cotton and agave

By |2018-04-07T17:05:26+00:00August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Native American clothing: Pueblo cotton cloth (before 1500 AD) Native American cotton and agave Most people in North America made their clothing from agave plant fiber - some of it grew wild, and some of it they farmed. Richer people wore cotton clothing. Cotton came originally from the Aztec people south of them. Pueblo people spun and [...]

Early Cherokee clothing – Native American history

By |2018-05-23T18:18:35+00:00August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Early Cherokee clothing: Tsiyu Gansini, Cherokee chief (late 1700s AD) Cherokee hairstyles Like most people, Cherokee people used their clothing and hairstyles to show that they were Cherokee and different from their neighbors. What made Cherokee men look different from other people living in North America at this time was their haircuts. Cherokee men shaved [...]