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American clothing in the 1500s AD

By | 2017-08-10T16:49:07+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

A Cree deerskin jacket Kids in North America in the 1500s AD wore deerskin dresses or shirts and pants when it was cold, and they mostly went naked when it was warm. Often their moms cut down old worn-out grown-up clothes for their kids to wear, because clothes were so expensive. Grown-up women mostly wore long, loose [...]

American clothing styles

By | 2017-08-10T16:14:26+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Clothing, North America|

Algonquin men about 1530 AD Ever since the first European invaders came to North America about 1500 AD, people in North America have been changing how they dress. Native American people have started to dress more like Europeans. And European immigrants have started to dress more like Native Americans. In 1500 AD, most people in North America wore leather clothes [...]

Native American clothing history

By | 2017-08-08T00:31:58+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Pueblo cotton cloth (before 1500 AD) 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. Pueblo people spun and wove this cotton into clothes. They knitted it [...]

Early Cherokee clothing – Native Americans

By | 2017-08-08T00:25:26+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Clothing, Native American|

Tsiyu Gansini, Cherokee chief (late 1700s AD) Like most people, Cherokee people used their clothing and hairstyles to show that they were Cherokee and different from their neighbors. What made Cherokee men look different from other people living in North America at this time was their haircuts. Cherokee men shaved most of their hair off [...]

European clothing – 1800s

By | 2017-08-04T16:21:07+00:00 August 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 | 2017-08-04T16:18:09+00:00 August 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 | 2017-08-04T16:14:23+00:00 August 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 | 2017-08-04T16:06:22+00:00 August 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 | 2017-08-01T08:34:48+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Clothing, Medieval|

Medieval peasant clothing, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD, now in Chantilly) In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. Men mostly wore tunics down to their knees, though old men and monks wore their tunics down to the ground, and so did kings [...]

Medieval Islamic clothing

By | 2017-07-23T16:13:19+00:00 July 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 [...]