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     The Ainu’s clothing were made out fabrics such as fur, fish skin, bird feathers, but primarily made with fibers from the inner bark of trees and grass fibers.  The fibers found from the inner bark of elm trees were known as attush fabrics.

     The patterns on their clothing were often very elaborate.  The detailed embroidery was not designed for the purpose of fashion, but rather to protect them from demons or evil spirits from entering them.  The patterns on their clothing were positioned were the Ainu believed the demons or evil spirits could easily enter.  Their clothes were often called chikarkarpe, which means “the things we embroider.”

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