The Yokuts of the San Joaquin Valley and part of the Sierra Nevada lived in an area rich in animals and plants. Their dress (or lack of it) reflected the hot climate.

Men went completely naked, or wore a kilt of deer skin, or deer skin aprons front and back. Women wore a two-piece skirt: the front was of willow bark or tule grass, the back of deer skin. Men wore California-style one-piece moccasins of elk or deer hide, or thick-soled sandals for travel or hunting in rough terrain; women always went barefoot.

In cool weather, robes of fur, rabbit skins or coot skins were added – these fastened at the front with bone or wood skewers.

Hair was worn long and loose, or tied in a clump at the back, or piled into a topknot and fastened with a wood hairpin. Men wore no headband or hat, while women wore a conical basket-hat of coiled tule when carrying loads with a tumpline.

Necklaces of eagle talons or bear claws were highly prized, strung with abalone shells traded from coastal tribes. At puberty both boys and girls had their ears pierced for wood or shell ornaments; adults of both sexes sometimes wore a bone pin through the nasal septum. Women commonly had their chins tattooed.

The link below is a photograph of a Yokuts boy and girl in traditional dress.