Roman Clothing Essay

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Roman Clothing and the Colour Purple Romans were known for wearing togas and tunics. Togas were also known as amictuses, which referred to around the body garments. Garments that were pulled over the head were called indumentas. Togas had a band of fabric in the centre and to the left of their chests. Many tunics were common with men and women. Noble ladies wore a short tunic of silk with gold fringes. Different colours and materials told whether the tunic was a men’s or a women’s. Men’s togas and tunics were often made of linen and wool, while women’s were often made of silks and cotton stuffs, which were imported. Footwear was sometimes the symbol of a high social class. A calceus was a low cut shoe, which was made of leather. It went part way up the leg. A calceus identified a Roman citizen. Slaves were not allowed to have them. A pero was a light boot worn in the country. It was made of raw and natural hide, and reached the calf. It was often laced the whole length. A synthesis was worn while eating. A synthesis was made up of tunic and toga characteristics. The top part was that of a tunic, and the bottom part, a full skirt like a toga. They were sometimes white, but women preferred colour tunics to plain, white ones. The colour purple was not supposed to be worn, however, unless the wearer was associated with royalty. Only royal people, people of authority, or people of high rank were allowed to wear purple. It is said that the colour purple was Cleopatra’s favourite colour. The colour purple in a room is said to boost imagination in people, especially children. It is also said that it could help with increasing creativity. Too much purple in one room however is believed to result in

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