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1 08, 2017

Medieval European clothing

By |2019-04-12T05:20:30-07:00August 1st, 2017|Clothing, Medieval|0 Comments

Medieval peasant clothing, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (1400s AD, now in Chantilly) What did medieval people wear? In Medieval Europe, as in the Roman period, most people wore loose linen or wool tunics like big baggy t-shirts. History of linen Roman clothing All our medieval Europe articles How long were their tunics? Men mostly [...]

17 06, 2017

Cinderella Story from Ancient Egypt

By |2019-04-04T20:43:26-07:00June 17th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Literature|0 Comments

Straw flip-flops from ancient Egypt Where did this story come from? The West Asian writer Strabo wrote down this Egyptian version of the Cinderella story. He wrote it in Greek, around the time of Jesus, a few hundred years after the Indian version in the Mahabharata. Had he heard something about the Indian [...]

13 06, 2017

Shoes in Ancient Egypt – Straw flip-flops

By |2019-09-13T06:58:23-07:00June 13th, 2017|Egypt|11 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

12 06, 2017

What is straw? History of straw

By |2018-10-04T06:25:57-07:00June 12th, 2017|Crafts, Economy|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

History of leather – Skins and shoes

By |2017-06-08T09:52:59-07:00June 8th, 2017|Central Asia, Clothing|2 Comments

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. [...]

6 06, 2017

Cinderella in China – Medieval Chinese Story

By |2019-04-05T04:46:51-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, Literature|1 Comment

How old is China's Cinderella story? Tuan Cheng-Shih wrote a version of the Cinderella story during the T'ang Dynasty, about 700 AD. The T'ang Dynasty More Chinese stories and poems All our China articles Did they get this story from the Mahbharata? It may be a retelling of an earlier Indian version from the Hindu [...]