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Part of Northwest Coast Hall.


Because of the mild, rainy climate of the Northwest Coast, heavy clothing was unnecessary. Men were generally nude, and women wore an apron of strands of shredded cedarbark. In cold weather and for ceremonial occasions, both men and women were a cedarbark robe, sometimes with a belt; for protection from rain, they wire twined cedarbark capes and tightly woven basketry hats. Both sexes used ear and nose ornaments of shell, copper, wood, and bone.

Moccasins and leggings, which were worn by men and women all over the rest of North America, were not used on the Northwest Coast.