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Native American clothing history – cotton and agave

By |2018-12-19T16:04:12-07:00August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Native American clothing: Pueblo cotton cloth (before 1500 AD) Native American cotton and agave Most people in North America made their clothing from agave plant fiber - some of it grew wild, and some of it they farmed. Richer people wore cotton clothing. Cotton came originally from the Aztec people south of them. The history of cotton [...]

Early Cherokee clothing – Native American history

By |2019-04-11T06:27:40-07:00August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Cherokee hairstyles Early Cherokee clothing: Tsiyu Gansini, Cherokee chief (late 1700s AD) - Cherokee hairstyles Like most people, Cherokee people used their clothing and hairstyles to show that they were Cherokee and different from their neighbors. Who were the Cherokee? Native American clothing All our Native American articles What made Cherokee men look [...]

European clothing – 1800s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

Italian peasant, about 1850 (by Pierre Louis Dubourcq) At the very end of the 1700s AD, the invention of the cotton gin meant that the new country of the United States of America could produce tons of cotton very cheaply - if they forced people to work as slaves so the work was very cheap. European traders stopped getting their cotton from India and [...]

Machine-made clothing – Europe 1600s-1800s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:14-07:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

India cotton (1600s AD) In the early 1600s AD, traders began to bring cotton cloth to Europe on sailing ships from India. People thought this cotton cloth was very convenient - it was pretty, with patterns of flowers on it, and it was easier to wash than linen or wool, and cooler in the summer. With the Industrial Revolution of the late [...]

Clothing in Early Modern Europe

By |2018-04-08T11:14:14-07:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

Maerten van Heemskerck, Portrait of Anna Codde, 1529 In the 1500s AD, women in Europe were still getting used to using the spinning wheel instead of the drop spindle to make thread. The spinning wheel was much faster than the drop spindle - four times faster - and so cloth became more available than it had been during [...]

European clothing in the 1900s

By |2018-04-11T09:24:28-07:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

French women wearing pants (Paris, 1922) Even though European men had started wearing pants in the early 1800s, women in Europe didn't really start to wear pants until about 100 years later, in the early 1900s. Slowly more and more women started to wear pants, just as men had. But although by the 1900s pretty [...]

Medieval European clothing

By |2019-04-12T05:20:30-07:00August 1st, 2017|Clothing, Medieval|

Medieval peasant clothing, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD, now in Chantilly) What did medieval people wear? In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. History of linen Roman clothing All our medieval Europe articles How long were their tunics? Men mostly [...]

Medieval Islamic clothing

By |2018-04-09T23:56:39-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Clothing, Islam|

It was hot in the Islamic Empire. So people mostly dressed to protect themselves from the sun. The best way to keep from getting sunburns was to keep your skin covered with cloth as much as possible. At the same time, people also believed that God wanted them to cover up. They thought this especially about women, so that men [...]

Lalla Arifa’s poetry – Medieval India

By |2017-07-20T17:41:43-07:00July 20th, 2017|Clothing, India, Literature|

Cotton bolls hanging from the plants I began as a bloom of cotton, outdoors. Then they brought me to a room where they washed me. Then the hard strokes of the carder's wife. Then another woman spun thin threads, twisting me around her wheel. Then the kicks of the weaver's loom made cloth, and on the washing [...]

Ancient Indian clothing: What did people wear in ancient India?

By |2018-11-07T08:05:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|Clothing, India|

Ancient Indian clothing: A woman wearing a long tunic - Mathura, 100s AD Ancient Indian clothing: the cotton dhoti People in India wore mostly cotton clothing. India was the first place where people grew cotton, even as early as 5000 BC in the Stone Age. Men wore dhoti, a cloth wrapped around their waists and knotted at the back. Some [...]