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By Ernest Thompson Seton

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Fig. 88

The typical Indian, during warm weather, wore but two garments: breech clout and moccasins. Already, these are the adopted costume in many summer camps and bathing resorts, especially with the very young.

At a camp recently visited, the councilors said, "We will adopt this costume if you will show us some good patterns with pretty decorations." In response to the needs of the camp, and of others like-minded, I give a series of practical designs.

A good breech clout is, first, a pair of very short pants, cut as in the sketch, with a buckle, button, or tie-strings at one side. It has, further, a decorated flap from the middle of the belt in front, and another from the middle of the belt behind.

There is little variation in the shorts, but the flaps and the belt may be changed by decoration to any extent.

A number of Indian designs are given in Fig. 88, but the emblem of the camp is always a good thing to add.

It is well, also, to make the flaps hang aright, by the addition of weights, such as shells, beadwork, or pieces of metal.

Most of the patterns shown can be rendered in applique of colored felts on the cotton or khaki of the garment.

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