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Fibers

Roman textiles were mainly made from wool, flax and silk. Hemp, cotton and other fibers were also used in varying degrees.

Production

Wool

Flax

Silk

Decoration

"The borders of Greek and Roman garments were often finely embroidered."[1]


Evidence

Textiles from the Roman era have survived, mainly in very wet conditions (e.g., in bogs) or in very dry conditions (deserts).[2]


Additional reading

What Textiles Can Tell Us About Life In Ancient Rome at Archaeology Expert.


Surviving Garments Project Database (plus bibliography) of surviving garments, not limited to the Roman period.


The Roman Textile Industry and its Influence. A Birthday tribute to John Peter Wild.

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Penelope Walton Rogers, Lise Bender Jorgensen, Antoinette Rast-Eicher. (2001). Exeter: Oxbow Books. ISBN 1842170465
Pp. 201. Review at BMCR.
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References

  1. Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition; Retrieved from [1]
  2. What Textiles Can Tell Us About Life In Ancient Rome at Archaeology Expert.

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