At a replica of an eighteenth-century trade camp, a red stroud cloth lies in the grass. Stroud cloth was a cheap woolen cloth made in the town of Stroud in Glouchestershire County, England. The cloth was dyed red, blue, green, or black, and had a white edge that resulted from the dying process.
When trade between Indians and Europeans became common, stroud was adopted as an essential element in Indian clothing. Cherokee women began to wear stroud as a wrap-around skirt fastened with a leather belt, a replacement for the deerskin wrap-around skirts they had previously worn. Similarly, men used stroud to make breech cloths — long, rectangular pieces of cloth worn between the legs and tied around the waist with a leather belt.