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Married women in West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:58:44+00:00September 15th, 2017|People, West Asia|

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 [...]

Ancient Roman Clothing – History of Clothing

By |2018-04-25T09:01:54+00:00August 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 [...]

Mary’s dress – Medieval Chartres

By |2018-09-01T06:36:45+00:00August 4th, 2017|History|

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

Medieval Islamic clothing

By |2018-04-09T23:56:39+00:00July 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 [...]

Early economy of northern Europe

By |2017-06-27T00:57:36+00:00June 27th, 2017|Economy, Northern Europe|

Abrigo del Ciervo, Spain, ca. 6000 BC 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. By the Neolithic, around 5000 BC, people also started farming a lot of their food. Around the same time, [...]

What did people wear in northern Europe?

By |2018-04-21T13:18:58+00:00June 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 [...]

Clothing in Ancient Egypt

By |2018-04-19T12:33:10+00:00June 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 [...]

Cotton, wool, silk, hemp – Ancient India projects

By |2018-04-18T19:35:05+00:00June 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 [...]

What is linen? History of clothing – Flax

By |2018-04-18T22:48:21+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

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 [...]

What did people wear? The history of clothing

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

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 [...]