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Title: Textile crafts and history
Authors: Harlow, Mary E.
First Published: 4-Aug-2016
Presented at: Traditional Textile Craft – an Intangible Cultural Heritage?, March 2014, Amman, Jordan.
Publisher: Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen
Citation: Traditional Textile Craft - an Intangible Cultural Heritage?, 2016, PP. 137 - 145
Abstract: 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]
ISBN: 978-87-998798-0-9
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Conference Paper
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Description: The full proceeding is available via the link above.
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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