Roman Clothing

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The Romans - Clothing
Roman clothes were made of wool, spun into cloth by the women of the family. Later on the richer people had slaves to do this work for them. If you could afford to buy clothes, you could buy linen, cotton or silk, which was brought to Rome from other parts of the Empire. Washing clothes was difficult because the Romans did not have washing machines or soap powder. They used either a chemical called sulphur or urine.
These are the clothes that Romans wore
The Toga
This man is wearing a toga. Only male citizens of Rome were allowed to wear togas. They were made out of wool and were very large. The material was not sewn or pinned but was draped around the body and over one arm. Togas were very expensive because of
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Under the emperors the right of wearing a golden ring was more liberally conferred and eventually it was granted by Justinian to all citizens.Roman Jewelry - Seal Rings
The rings worn by the men in Ancient Roman were not just expensive ornaments, they also served a practical purpose and were used to seal documents as a sign of authenticity. Official documents were not signed, but sealed; and the seal was good in law. Every wealthy Roman patrician therefore, had his seal, as party of his ring, ready for use if required. The bezel of the ring was movable, and turned upon a pivot. The ring was frequently set with some kind of precious stone engraved with the owner 's emblem. Other rings with a practical function doubled as keys to strongboxes.Roman Jewelry - Brooches, Clasps and the Fibula
Roman clothing was frequently pinned rather than sewn and the Romans used special called a fibula for this purpose. Many of these fasteners, or fibula, were made of gold and elaborately decorated with precious jewels. Some of the gold was carved with beautiful designs and the Romans also favored the cameo as a decoration. The fibula was worn by both Roman men and women. The sagum was the name of the cloak worn on top of the armor by members of the Roman military during the periods of the Roman Republic and the early Roman Empire. The sagum consisted of a simple rectangular segment of heavy

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