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Clothes in Ancient Rome

Clothes in Ancient Rome

the Roman toga

At first all the Roman clothes has been made of a wool which in each family was spun by women. Later at rich people this work was done by slaves. Then on sale there was a clothes, flax, a clap or the silk brought to Rome from other parts of empire.

Clothes. Only in Rome it was authorised to citizens of a male to carry a toga. They have been made of a wool and were very great. The material was not sewn, and assigned round a body and adhered one hand. Togas were very expensive because of a considerable quantity of the material necessary that them to make. There was a law that all citizens carried togas on public actions. Even it has been indicated, what colour of a toga, they should carry:

  • the Simple unbleached toga was carried by all adult citizens of a male;
  • the Unbleached toga with a violet border was carried by city councils and boys till 16 years;
  • the Toga from a dark wool carried during mourning;
  • the Bleached toga was carried by politicians;
  • the Violet toga with a gold embroidery was carried by victorious generals, and then emperors.

During later times began comprehensible to carry togas of different colour with an embroidery though and disapprovingly fell into with that who preferred to adhere to the positioned order.

The Tunic was standard clothes for all men - from slaves to grandees. Citizens of Rome dressed often a tunic under a toga. Simple and cheap tunics have been sewed from two pieces of a fabric, with the done apertures for hands. For those who could allow itself(himself) it, tunics sewed from flax or even silk. The tunic adhered a belt on a waist and covered knees.

At Romans the ordinary loincloth both at men and at women was considered as Underwear.

Footwear. Indoors, Romans carried sandals with an open sock. Nevertheless, in the open air they preferred to carry the footwear closing fingers. On sandals, carry indoors or in summertime, there was a smaller quantity of leather strips. In footwear for walking, for winter or for soldiers was much more than leather strips to close fingers and to save more than heat.

Jewels. To men were it is authorised to carry one ornament - a ring used, as a seal. However, many ignored rules and carried some rings and brooches on raincoats.

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