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Encyclopedia of Acadian Life:
Clothing

        Much of their clothing was made of wool collected from the sheep they kept.  Diereville noted their wool clothing when he visited in 1699-1700.  (Diereville, p. 85-96)  It was warm and needed for the cold climate.  Flax was grown and used to make lighter summer clothes.  The articles of clothing were often dyed black or red. 
        Men usually wore shirts (no collar) and knee-length breeches.  They also wore stockings.  Men usually wore hats ... warm felt in the winter (and for formal events) and straw in the summer.  Women wore ankle-length skirts and blouses.  A cotton may be worn, as well as a vest.  They also wore stockings.  Diereville noted their hooded capes, much like the style in French 50 years earlier.  They'd pull the capes over their head and shoulders when outside.
        In warm weather, they were moccasins made of leather, usually from the hides of moose, elk, or seal.  To work the marshy dykes or when on boats, they used sabots.  Sabots were wooded (usually willow) shoes. 
        The women would use looms to weave the rough materials into cloth.  Since it took quite a bit of effort to make clothes from scratch, they would be worn until they fell apart.  As Robert Hale remarked in 1731, the Acadians’ clothes were okay, but looked like “they were pitched on with pitchforks.”  (The Founding of New Acadia, Brasseaux, p. 136-8; Diereville, p. 85-96; Hale, p. 234)
     According to an account by Moise de Les Derniers, "they were fond of black and red with stripes down the leg, bunches of ribbon and long streamers." [Acadians Before Their Dispersal, Casgrain, p. 12]
 



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