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Sharp-dressed hommes

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At Festival du Voyageur, which begins on Friday, the men and women in period garb at Fort Gibraltar take the heritage aspect of their costumes seriously. And that includes the familiar voyageur outfit deconstructed here.

Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press

Contrary to popular belief, the red wool sash is not ornamental. It was wrapped tightly around a voyageur’s waist to prevent hernias while carrying heavy loads, functioning much like a modern weightlifter’s belt. The end of the sash, however, would have been tucked in. Otherwise, it would have gotten caught on a branch at the first portage.

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