In the pre-Columbian times, the most common garment for women was a wrap-around
and for men a small loincloth or pubic cover. Ornaments were more common among
men than women. “More than just decorative, they were markers of status or
ethnic identity or marital status.” These included necklaces, anklets, bracelets,
nose ornaments. Materials used were shells, bones, ceramics, obsidian, and jade.
Men also used “body paints and tattoos and ornamental scaring.”
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