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African clothing history – weaving, knitting, embroidery

By | 2018-02-22T13:25:02+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Africa, Clothing|

African clothing history:  An Egyptian painting of Nubians (from modern Sudan), about 1300 BC Weaving comes to Africa By about 2500 BC, some people in Africa started to weave their cloth instead of pounding it, which makes more flexible, comfortable clothing. People buy clothes instead of making them The Egyptians learned from their West Asian neighbors how to weave linen, and very [...]

Medieval African clothing – more and more cotton

By | 2018-04-13T01:30:20+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 | 2018-04-18T21:28:30+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 | 2018-04-18T21:28:30+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. [...]

Ancient history timeline: 10,000-4000 BC – the Stone Age

By | 2018-04-19T15:03:06+00:00 September 10th, 2017|History, West Asia, When|

Ancient history timeline: Building at Gobekli Tepe in what is now  Turkey (ca. 9000 BC) Beginning of farming Around 10,000 BC, with the end of the last major Ice Age, people all over the world - not everyone, but a lot of people - began to shift from fishing and hunting and gathering to farming as their main way of getting food. Farming [...]

What are llamas? South American animals

By | 2018-04-12T08:53:21+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Environment, South America|

A llama in Bolivia Llamas evolved from camels. Camels evolved in North America about 45 million years ago. They lived in the Rocky Mountains and all across the southern part of North America. While they were still in North America, some camels evolved into llamas. Llamas spread from there south into South America about 3 million years ago. [...]

Roman economy – jobs, stores, money, debt, and trade in ancient Rome

By | 2018-05-27T00:09:57+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Economy, Romans|

The Roman economy: a Roman olive press mosaic (200-250 AD) now in St. Germain en Laye, France Farming in the Roman economy Most people in the Roman world were farmers. Some of the people who worked on farms were slaves, but most of them were free. (More about farming and debt) Some owned their own [...]

Did the Romans use makeup? Ancient cosmetics

By | 2018-04-25T09:03:14+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Clothing, Romans|

Roman makeup: A stone finger and palette for crushing cosmetics into powder before putting them on your face (St. Germain en Laye, France) Men and women 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 [...]

Ancient Roman Clothing – History of Clothing

By | 2018-04-25T09:01:54+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 | 2018-04-18T09:53:59+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 [...]