When the Florentine navigator Giovanni da
Verrazano first saw the Lenape along the east coast in 1524
he wrote, "These people are the most beautiful and have the
most civil customs that we have found on this voyage. They
are taller than we are, they are a bronze color, some
tending more towards whiteness, others to a tawny color; the
face is clean-cut, the hair is long, and their manner is
sweet and gentle, very like that of the ancients. They have
all the proportions belonging to any well built men. Their
women are just as shapely and beautiful; very gracious, of
attractive manner and pleasant appearance."
The clothing of the Lenape was simple. The men wore breechclouts and moccasins, with leggings and a robe to cover themselves in cold weather. Women had knee- or calf- length wrap-around skirts and wore fur robes in winter, or a beautiful mantle made from turkey feathers. Ornaments of bone, shell and wampum were sometimes worn as necklaces, or on wrists and ankles.
Illustration courtesy of Herbert C.and John T. Kraft