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Among the Half-Krolvin, dress can vary depending on the circumstances
under which the individual was raised. Those following Krolvin
traditions and living along the coasts of the far north tend
to wear parkas of insulating caribou hide and thick boots
of water-resistant sealskin. Their beautiful raincoats of
salmon skin stitched together with tundra grass inspire much
admiration. Shimmering rainbow-colored river trout skins are
used as decoration on other garments, as well. When fully
dressed to hunt in the frozen wastes or at sea, the typical
Krolvin wears an inner and outer parka, hide pants with the
fur to the inside, thick mittens, and several layers of footwear.
Adjacent pieces of clothing overlap to keep out the cold air.
Often, the parkas are made with extra-broad shoulders to allow
the arms to be drawn inside for additional warmth.
Hides are dyed with lichens and barks, some of the more common
being moss lichen, which provides a yellowish tone, rock lichen,
which shades the skins to green or blue, and alder bark, which
imparts a reddish-brown color. Moose teeth and polar bear
claws are used as decoration and fringe, and further embellishment
can come from glass beads acquired in trade. Narrow bars of
whalebone applied to leather make for a simple yet effective
form of armor.