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What Was Clothing Like in the Middle AgesIn the Middle Ages the tailoring business developed and fashion as a concept was born There wasnt much difference among the distinct social classes in the way the clothing were cut the differences became evident mostly in the colours and materials The country folk prepared their fabrics themselves and the nobility and the bourgeois had the possibility to buy their own imported fabrics What Materials Were Used to Make the ClothingThe domestic wool was revised into cloths of different strengths -durable felt and carded fabrics The most expensive the finest and the most colourful cloth was an extremely important merchandise imported for example from the Netherlands England and GermanyPreparing the fabrics and the threads was a time-consuming and valuable craft Fabric was extremely valuable despite whether or not it was homemade or imported The medieval threads were spindled with a distaff an early part of a spinning wheel For one whole dress where the density of threads was 12 threads per centimetre you needed as much as 15 000 metres of finished thread ie 30 kilometres of one-filament thread The thread had to be tightly woven and very durable The clothes were used all the way to the end -- the parts that were worn-out and broken were mended and patched When the piece of clothing was totally worn-out the good parts were used again This might be a reason why the archeological findings are mostly church textiles The looseness of the clothes was received by the using of gussets which were triangular inserts used to expand clothing This way you could also save the valuable fabric The colours were important to the contemporary people and by lifting the coating the colours of the underclothes and the lining could be shown The working cloth of the country folk was a linen shirt Long dragging clothes were typical in the Middle Ages especially for the rich Height
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