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Medieval European clothing

By |2017-08-01T08:34:48+00:00August 1st, 2017|Clothing, Medieval|

Medieval peasant clothing, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD, now in Chantilly) In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. Men mostly wore tunics down to their knees, though old men and monks wore their tunics down to the ground, and so did kings [...]

Economy of ancient Greece – ancient Greek trade, fishing, and farming

By |2018-06-11T17:57:09+00:00July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

The economy of ancient Greece: A Greek man doing carpentry (Athens, 400s BC) The Greek word "economy" The Greeks did not have the same idea of an economy that we have. The word economy is Greek. But to the Greeks, economy meant something like "rules of a household" (the "eco" part of economy [...]

Cinderella Story from Ancient Egypt

By |2017-06-17T18:27:09+00:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|

Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Rhodopis was a girl from ancient Greece, who as a child was sold into slavery in Egypt. In Egypt, the other slaves made fun of Rhodopis because she looked different, with her blue eyes and white skin. Rhodopis (row-DOPP-iss) was very unhappy with no friends and everyone making [...]

Shoes in Ancient Egypt – Straw flip-flops

By |2018-09-25T20:22:33+00:00June 13th, 2017|Africa, Clothing, Egypt|

Ancient Egyptian shoes: Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Many Egyptians went barefoot Many people in ancient Egypt went barefoot their whole lives. It was warm in Egypt even in the winter, and people thought shoes were an unnecessary expense. The weather in Egypt All our ancient Egypt articles Kids, especially, didn't usually have [...]

Clothing in Ancient Egypt: weaves and flip-flops

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

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 [...]

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-10-04T06:25:57+00:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|

History of Straw: loose straw in a pile What is straw made of? Straw is the dried stalks of tall grasses like wheat, millet or barley. After people harvested the seeds of these grasses for food, they used the straw for everything from shoes to mattresses to baskets. More about wheat Where does [...]

History of leather – Skins and shoes

By |2017-06-08T09:52:59+00:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|

Areni-1 shoe from Armenia in Central Asia, about 3500 BC People make leather from the skins of animals. You can make leather out of the skin of any animal, but cows have the thickest skins to make the strongest leather. After the shepherd or the butcher killed the animal, he skinned the animal. [...]

Cinderella in China – Medieval Chinese Story

By |2018-04-18T09:53:38+00:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|

Tuan Cheng-Shih wrote a version of the Cinderella story during the T'ang Dynasty, about 700 AD. It may be a retelling of an earlier Indian version from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. In 700 AD, many Chinese Buddhists were traveling to India for their education, and they may have heard this story there. In this [...]