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Much of Roman clothing was designed to reveal the social status of its wearer particularly for freeborn men You could tell from what class the person is from and sometimes what they did The men would wear tunics There were three basic types of tunics See Diagram Production and Cleaning of Garments Typically Roman garments were made of wool In the early Republic women spun the fleece into thread and wove the cloth in the home and doubtless many women of the less wealthy classes continued this practice throughout the history of Rome By the late Republic however upper-class Roman women did not spin and weave Instead slaves did the work within the household or cloth was purchased commercially and Romans could also buy cloth made of linen cotton or silk Garments were cleaned by fullers using chemicals such as sulfur and especially human urineUndergarments We do not know a great deal about Roman underclothes but there is evidence that both men and women wore a simple wrapped loincloth subligar at least some of the time male laborers wore the subligar when working but upper-class men may have worn it only when exercising Women also sometimes wore a band of cloth or leather to support the breasts strophium or mamillare Footwear Sandals with open toes were the proper footwear for wearing indoors There were many different designs from the practical to elegant Shoes which encased the foot and covered the toes Which was considered appropriate for outdoors and were always worn with the toga when visiting upper class Romans removed their shoes at the door and slipped on the sandals that had been carried by their slaves There were no dramatic gender differences in Roman footwear though upper-class males equestrians patricians and senators wore distinctive shoes that marked their status the patrician shoes for example were redThe basic item of male dress was the tunic made of two pieces of undyed wool sewn together at
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