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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 tunic – Medieval Chartres

By |2018-04-15T16:50:57+00:00August 4th, 2017|History|

Mary's tunic, preserved in a glass case in the treasury of Chartres cathedral in France 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 Western Europe. By making an [...]

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 [...]

Chartres cathedral – medieval France

By |2017-07-30T17:16:14+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Chartres on the horizon Even though Chartres, near Paris, France, was only a small town, it had an important treasure: the tunic that people said Mary was wearing when she gave birth to the baby Jesus (or maybe when she found out she was pregnant). Thousands of people came on pilgrimage every year to Chartres to see the tunic. [...]

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 [...]

Ancient Greek clothing – what people wore in ancient Greece

By |2018-05-19T22:34:08+00:00July 5th, 2017|Clothing, Greeks|

Ancient Greek clothing: a Greek baby in a diaper, from Hellenistic Egypt Like Egyptian or Mesopotamian babies, Greek babies often wore nothing at all, but sometimes, as in this picture, they wore cloth diapers. If it was cold, of course, they would be more wrapped up. Children also often wore only cloth wrapped [...]