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Looking into the past the Ancient Greek people have inspired the aspect of clothing Greeks were among the finest to portray fashion and costume with such meticulous care and precision There are untold numbers of statues and carvings in pottery which are revealing to us what they participated in and also their fashions There are also great writers such as Herodotus who was a Greek historian and has given us explicit detail and descriptions and the developments in fashion and the social significance of costume Ancient Greek dress was more voluminous then that of the Egyptians and was most often made of fine woollens although it is thought that the Greeks also had regular access to linen hemp cloth and silk Although the Greek costumes had read no form they managed to stay the same for many generations They were mostly made up of rectangles of cloth of various shapes and sizes but basically all stayed the same shape for men and women Like Egyptian dress Greek clothing was centred in an aesthetic that idealized the human body rather then attempting to conceal its natural shape The Greeks made many clothing decisions based on this aesthetic that were less then practical choices Pinning garments closed instead of stitching rarely wearing sandals or shoes draping garments around the body for warmth during cold instead of making garments with sleeves or trousers was all about the Greek wardrobe The Greeks definitely knew how to make sleeves as many of their theatrical costumes had them but the normal wear sleeves were judged less aesthetic than bare arms and so were not worn The primary garment of Ancient Greek clothing was the Chiton an all over body garment made from a large rectangle of cloth wrapped once around the body from right side to right side This garment was worn by both sexes and was pinned at the shoulders and tied at the waist or hips
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