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posted on 24.10.2016, 15:32 by Mary E. Harlow
The main focus of my research is Roman dress. When we imagine the Roman past, one of the images most conjured up is a statue of a man in a toga. Roman authors (always men) wrote about the clothing in ways that expose the social codes associated with certain garments but reveals little about textile production or the relative economic value of either the textiles or the finished garment. If they do talk about cost, it is mostly to complain about women desiring expensive and exotic fabrics such as silk. Alongside this rather partial literature, a huge volume of surviving images in a variety of media show clothed individuals allowing us to stock the Roman wardrobe with a number of different garments. However, it is often hard to match the literature with the images and to align the idealising and stereotyping that they embody to the lived reality of producing and wearing the ancient wardrobe. [Opening paragraph]

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Citation

Traditional Textile Craft - an Intangible Cultural Heritage?, 2016, PP. 137 - 145

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Archaeology and Ancient History/Core Staff

Source

Traditional Textile Craft – an Intangible Cultural Heritage?, March 2014, Amman, Jordan.

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Traditional Textile Craft - an Intangible Cultural Heritage?

Publisher

Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen

isbn

978-87-998798-0-9

Copyright date

2016

Available date

24/10/2016

Publisher version

http://www.traditionaltextilecraft.dk/386325174

Notes

The full proceeding is available via the link above.

Editors

Camilla Ebert;Mary Harlow;Eva Andersson Strand;Lena Bjerregaard

Language

en

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