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15 09, 2017

Married women in West Asia

By |2019-09-04T07:30:46-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Grindstone from Syria, about 1500 BC (Louvre Museum) Most married women in West Asia lived with their husband's family, so young married women took orders from their husband's mother. Sometimes the two women got along well; other times they fought the way many teenagers fight with their parents. Some families hit or starved [...]

31 08, 2017

Ancient Roman Clothing – History of Clothing

By |2018-04-25T09:01:54-07:00August 31st, 2017|Clothing, Romans|1 Comment

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 [...]

4 08, 2017

Mary’s dress – Medieval Chartres

By |2018-12-27T09:45:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|History|4 Comments

Mary's tunic, preserved in a glass case in the treasury of Chartres cathedral in France Romantic story of Mary's dress About 800 AD, Empress Irene  was ruling the Roman Empire in Eastern Europe and West Asia. Charlemagne was the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in Western Europe. According to a popular story, Irene wanted [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic clothing

By |2018-04-09T23:56:39-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Clothing, Islam|0 Comments

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 [...]

27 06, 2017

Early European economy – northern Europe

By |2019-06-02T06:37:42-07:00June 27th, 2017|Economy, Northern Europe|0 Comments

Abrigo del Ciervo, Spain, ca. 6000 BC: Early European economy Hunting and gathering The first people in Europe lived by hunting and gathering; they probably had both dogs and bows and arrows to help them by the time they arrived. Stone Age Northern Europe History of dogs Who invented the bow and arrow? [...]

27 06, 2017

What did people wear in northern Europe?

By |2018-04-21T13:18:58-07:00June 27th, 2017|Clothing, Northern Europe|0 Comments

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 [...]

13 06, 2017

Clothing in Ancient Egypt: weaves and flip-flops

By |2018-09-27T07:37:21-07:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|2 Comments

Ancient Egyptian clothing: Rahotep and Nefret Ancient Egyptian tunics 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 [...]

11 06, 2017

Cotton, wool, silk, hemp – Ancient India projects

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05-07:00June 11th, 2017|Clothing, Crafts, India|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

What is linen? What is flax?

By |2019-09-18T07:50:04-07:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia|2 Comments

History of linen: The Tarkhan Dress, the world's oldest woven clothing - linen,  from Egypt, about 3500 BC What is linen? Linen is one of the first fibers that people made into string and cloth. Linen comes from the flax plant, which grows all over the Mediterranean region and Central Asia. Flax is [...]

8 06, 2017

What did people wear? The history of clothing

By |2018-04-29T12:00:53-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing|0 Comments

History of clothing: Venus of Lespugue, ca. 25000 BC, now in the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, wearing a grass or string skirt The first clothing Clothing was very expensive in the ancient and medieval world, because without engine-powered machines it was very hard to make. So most people had very few changes of [...]