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clothes

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.  

CLOTHES:





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.

See: SKIRT


Animated example of CLOTHES:



American Sign Language University ASL resources by Lifeprint.com Dr. William Vicars
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