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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 [...]

What did people wear in ancient India?

By | 2017-07-20T06:16:35+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Clothing, India|

A woman wearing a long tunic - Mathura, 100s AD 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 men also wore turbans on their heads; many men [...]

Clothing people wore in ancient Greece

By | 2017-07-05T05:38:37+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Clothing, Greeks|

Greek baby, 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 around their middles like wrap skirts or [...]

What did people wear in northern Europe?

By | 2017-06-27T00:26:53+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 | 2017-06-13T11:57:52+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 | 2017-06-13T11:50:49+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

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 like a [...]

History of sheep – Ancient sheep and goats

By | 2017-06-12T22:20:16+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Clothing, Food, West Asia|

Scythian man milking a sheep (Ukraine, 400 BC) 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 from the sheep and ate its cheese and [...]

Learn to spin – Central Asia project

By | 2017-06-11T14:50:47+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 | 2017-06-11T00:27:47+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 [...]