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Iron Age African clothing

By | 2017-10-02T17:20:27+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Africa, Clothing|

An Egyptian painting of Nubians (from modern Sudan), about 1300 BC By about 2500 BC, some people in Africa began to weave their cloth instead of pounding it, which makes more flexible, comfortable clothing. The Egyptians learned from their West Asian neighbors how to weave linen, and very quickly professional weavers were doing most of the weaving. Most people bought cloth already [...]

Medieval African clothing – more and more cotton

By | 2017-10-02T17:38:01+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Africa, Clothing|

Cotton cloth made in Gujarat, India andfound in Fustat (Cairo, Egypt) - ca. 800 AD(Now in Oxford, England) People first began to weave cotton in India, also around 2000 BC, but cotton weaving soon spread to Egypt, and all down the east side of Africa. By the 400s AD, the people of Meroe and Kush were growing and weaving cotton for their clothes. Before 800 AD, [...]

What did people wear for underwear?

By | 2017-09-11T23:27:16+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Clothing, West Asia|

Assyrian working man on a boat Underneath their linen tunics or dhotis, most West Asian men probably wore a strip of linen cloth wrapped around their hips like modern underwear, with the end tucked in to hold it tight. Unlike ancient Egyptians, West Asian men generally don't seem to have wrapped their cloth between their legs. Instead they wore [...]

West Asian clothing – Mesopotamia and Iran

By | 2017-09-11T23:24:35+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Clothing, West Asia|

Tel Asmar, ca. 3000 BC Most likely people were already wearing clothing about 60,000 years ago when they first walked or sailed out of Africa to West Asia. Clothing must have been invented about this time because genetic mutations show that's about how long ago body lice evolved from head lice, and body lice can only live on clothing. [...]

Did the Romans use makeup? Ancient cosmetics

By | 2017-08-31T17:24:29+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Clothing, Romans|

A stone finger and palette for crushing cosmetics into powder before putting them on your face (St. Germain en Laye, France) Both men and women used beauty products in ancient Rome. People used these products to make themselves seem healthier and more beautiful, but also to show that they were rich, or that they [...]

Ancient Roman Clothing – History of Clothing

By | 2017-08-31T17:09:28+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Clothing, Romans|

A man in a tunic with dreads in Roman North Africa Roman men and women, like other Indo-Europeans, originally seem to have worn a large piece of wool, wrapped around themselves. After they met people from Greece and Egypt, around 200 BC, they began to wear linen tunics (like T-shirts) under their wool robes, which was more comfortable. Roman leather [...]

American clothing – 1900s AD

By | 2017-08-10T23:04:51+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Girls working in a mill, about 1900 AD By about 1900, though, cloth and clothing got cheap enough that there was a big change in how people thought about clothes. Instead of wearing many layers of clothes, a lot of people started to wear different clothes every day. Young kids wore cotton dresses - both [...]

American Clothing – 1800s

By | 2017-08-10T22:59:48+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

American boys at school (1800s) By the 1800s, most of the people living in North America were of European or African origin. Kids still often wore clothes that had been cut down for them from worn-out grown-up clothing. Most kids, and many grown people, went barefoot whenever it was warm enough, even to school. Women usually wore shirts [...]

American clothing – 1700s

By | 2017-08-10T17:39:24+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Hendrick, an Iroquois leader, in 1740 AD By the 1700s, clothing styles had changed more. There were not so many deer on the East Coast anymore, so deerskin was harder to get. Most people gave up wearing deerskin and started to wear wool and linen clothing. Because Christian settlers on the East Coast thought it was wrong to show [...]

American clothing – 1600s AD

By | 2017-08-10T16:55:02+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Algonquin people with wool blankets In the 1600s, most people still dressed the same as they had before, in deerskins. But in the south-west, Pueblo and Navajo people began to buy wool clothing from the Spanish settlers. Europeans produced a lot of wool to sell, so they wanted to sell it to Americans. The wool clothes were cheaper than deerskin, [...]