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Medieval European clothing

By | 2017-08-01T08:34:48+00:00 August 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 | 2018-01-04T14:57:43+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Economy, Greeks|

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

Cinderella Story from Ancient Egypt

By | 2017-06-17T18:27:09+00:00 June 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 | 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 [...]

What is straw? History of straw

By | 2017-06-12T22:28:13+00:00 June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|

Straw 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. People have been making straw into baskets, hats and other things since at least 10,000 BC. People [...]

History of leather – Skins and shoes

By | 2017-06-08T09:52:59+00:00 June 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 | 2017-06-06T18:03:54+00:00 June 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 [...]