The sign for clothes uses a double movement.
You move the "five" hands downward along your
body. The sign starts with the tips of your thumbs about an inch out
from your chest. As you move the sign downward, you typically touch your thumbtips
to your chest where they drag for an inch or two before losing contact as you
continue to move your hands on down.
Note: You don't "have to" actually make contact.
You do the motion twice. The
movement is quick. Sort of as if you had a piece of lint on your shirt and
were brushing it off with the tip of your thumb.
Note: If you do this sign with a single, exaggerated downward
movement, it means "DRESS" or "GOWN."
Note: If you do the sign for "DRESS" (single movement)
starting from your waist or hips it would mean SKIRT. The sign for SKIRT
uses contact with the heels of your hands rather than the thumbtips.
Animated example of CLOTHES:
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