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Clothing in the Ancient World

Examination of clothing of the Ancient World: Mesopotamia, Assyria, Egypt, Minos, Greece, & Rome
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Mary Kridler

on 19 November 2009

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Clothing in the Ancient World

Neolithic
Egyptian
Minoan
pre-3500 BCE
made clothing from fur and animal hide
developed fine weaving skills
invented bone needle
3000 to 300 BCE
Ideal body shape
Clothing
made from linen
(more transparent = more valuable)
calasiris
kohl
scarab
pectoral
jewelry
cosmetics
wigs
kilt
fine pleating
upper classes favored gold and lapis lazuli
lower classes wore brightly colored beads and less valuable stones
Mesopotamian Cultures
Assyrian
Babylonian
Sumerian
6000bce to 2000bce
2000 bce to 600 bce
2000 bce to 530 bce
2700BCE to 1460BCE
fitted bodice (corsetted)
full, bell-like skirt
Nomadic, hunter-gatherer cultures
Agricultural Revolution
What do you think the impact of cotton cultivation could be on people's daily activities? How could cotton cultivation contribute to the rise of trade? What does the map show about human interactions in the ancient world?
Cotton
Linen
The oldest known textile
Knotted and dyed flax - 34,000 years old
simple linen cloth - 9,000 years old

Flax grows widely, but linen is labor intensive to produce.
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