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Lalla Arifa’s poetry – Medieval India

By | 2017-07-20T17:41:43+00:00 July 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 | 2018-04-18T23:55:59+00:00 July 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 [...]

Ancient Greek clothing – what people wore in ancient Greece

By | 2018-05-19T22:34:08+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Clothing, Greeks|

Ancient Greek clothing: a Greek baby in a diaper, from Hellenistic Egypt Like Egyptian or Mesopotamian babies, Greek babies often wore nothing at all, but sometimes, as in this picture, they wore cloth diapers. If it was cold, of course, they would be more wrapped up. Children also often wore only cloth wrapped [...]

What did people wear in northern Europe?

By | 2018-04-21T13:18:58+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Clothing, Northern Europe|

A pair of pants (braccae) from Germany from the 400s AD German clothing was like the clothing of Central Asia in that German men, and often women, wore pants under their tunics to keep them warm. This was different from the clothing of the Mediterranean and West Asia, where men and women both [...]

Shoes in Ancient Egypt – Straw flip-flops

By | 2018-04-19T12:33:11+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Many people in ancient Egypt went barefoot their whole lives. It was warm there even in the winter, and people thought shoes were an unnecessary expense. Kids, especially, didn't usually have any shoes, or they had their parents' old worn-out shoes. Children's sandals from New Kingdom Thebes [...]

Clothing in Ancient Egypt

By | 2018-04-19T12:33:10+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

Egyptian clothing: Rahotep and Nefret Unlike most of the people of the ancient Mediterranean, people in ancient Egypt did not wear just one or two big pieces of cloth wrapped around themselves in various ways. Instead, both men and women in Egypt wore tunics which were sewn to fit them. These tunics were [...]

History of sheep – Ancient sheep and goats

By | 2018-04-19T11:22:35+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Clothing, Food, West Asia|

History of sheep: Scythian man milking a sheep (Ukraine, 400 BC) Why are sheep important? Sheep are an important part of the economy of North Africa, Europe, and West Asia even today. They were much more important long ago. People wore clothes made out of wool from the sheep, and they drank milk [...]

Learn to spin – Central Asia project

By | 2018-04-18T21:28:33+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing, Crafts|

Aztec woman spinning with a supported spindle (Codex Mendoza, 1520s AD) If you want to check out spinning for yourself, start by spinning some long grass on your own leg. Just pick some long grass (at least six inches makes it easier), take five or six blades and lay them side by side, [...]

Cotton, wool, silk, hemp – Ancient India projects

By | 2018-04-18T19:35:05+00:00 June 11th, 2017|Clothing, Crafts, India|

Cotton bolls hanging from the plants People in India were the first to grow cotton, about 2500 BC. It took four thousand years to spread cotton growing from India to China and Europe. But wherever people were, when they did get cotton they really liked it. Why is that? What is it about [...]