Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome
Read the online “lecture” on dress in the Ancient world below and click on any links that interest you. You are not required to read all the material on all the links, however:
Dress in the Ancient World
Dress in most cultures, ancient and modern, may be divided into two main types of construction. One form, probably invented first, is that of pieced hides sewn together, often with great complexity, to fit the human body. The other, an outgrowth of textile production, uses textiles (woven, felted or knit) left as they are, or sewn into geometrical shapes, and draped around the body. Few cultures use only one of these methods exclusively, however, most cultures of which we have records prior to about 1300 had dress that was strongly inclined towards one method of clothing production or another. In the ancient world of the Mediterranean Basin, the dominant cultures (the latter two of which eventually gave rise to the “Western” civilization in which we presently live) wore clothing in the draped textile style.
Dress made of complexly pieced hides, worn by modern Inuit women of Ft.McPherson Canada (Aztech New Media)
Modern Egyptian musicians wearing a style of fabric-based dress, based on sewn-together rectangles (Aztech New Media)
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