Collection: ANTIQUE CLOTHING

Roman clothing
Most clothing was simple in structure and basic form, and its production required minimal cutting and tailoring, but all was produced by hand and every process required skill, knowledge and time. Spinning and weaving were thought virtuous, frugal occupations for Roman women of all classes. Wealthy matrons, including Augustus' wife Livia, might show their traditionalist values by producing home-spun clothing, but most men and women who could afford it bought their clothing from specialist artisans. Relative to the overall basic cost of living, even simple clothing was expensive, and was recycled many times down the social scale.
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.

Late Roman Coptic tunic

Roman shoes
Romans used a wide variety of practical and decorative footwear, all of it flat soled (without heels). Outdoor shoes were often hobnailed for grip and durability.[31] The most common types of footwear were a one-piece shoe (carbatina), sometimes with semi-openwork uppers; a usually thin-soled sandal (solea), secured with thongs; a laced, soft half-shoe (soccus); a usually hobnailed, thick-soled walking shoe (calcea); and a heavy-duty, hobnailed standard-issue military marching boot (caliga). Thick-soled wooden clogs, with leather uppers, were available for use in wet weather, and by rustics and field-slaves
Indoors, the Romans wore open-toed sandals. However, outdoors they preferred to wear shoes that covered their toes. The Romans made shoes and sandals by fixing strips of leather to a tough leather or cork base. Sandals, to be worn indoors or in the summer, had a smaller number of leather strips. Shoes for walking, for winter or for soldiers had many more leather strips to cover the toes and provide more warmth.

Caligae Castleford/Valkenburg

Military costume
For the most part, common soldiers seem to have dressed in belted, knee-length tunics for work or leisure. In the northern provinces, the traditionally short sleeved tunic might be replaced by a warmer, long-sleeved version. Soldiers on active duty wore short trousers under a military kilt, sometimes with a leather jerkin or felt padding to cushion their armour, and a triangular scarf tucked in at the neck. For added protection from wind and weather, they could wear the sagum, a heavy-duty cloak also worn by civilians.

Roman jewellery
Ancient Roman jewelry was characterized by an interest in colored gemstones and glass, contrasting with Greek predecessors. Various types of jewelry were worn by different genders and social classes in Rome. Collections of jewelry represented great wealth and power to the Roman owners. Hoards of gold, silver, and bronze jewelry have been found at Greek and Roman temples, providing evidence that worshipers would have offered to the god or goddess of the temple. Men were only allowed to wear one piece of jewellery – a ring that was used to make a mark in wax for sealing documents. However, many ignored the rules and wore several rings and brooches to pin their cloaks.

Snake Bracelets
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  • Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare "Tekija" with apron (leather, tinned brass)
    Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare
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  • Realistic Replica - Cingulum Militare "1st century" with apron (leather, brass)
    Realistic Replica - Cingulum Militare
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  • Authentic Replica - Roman Centurion belt (Leather & Brass)
    Authentic Replica - Roman Centurion belt (Leather & Brass)
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  • Authentic Replica - Roman Cingulum Militare "Tekija" (leather, tinned brass)
    Authentic Replica - Roman Cingulum Militare
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  • Authentic Replica - Roman Baldric "Castrum Zugmantel" (leather, brass)
    Authentic Replica - Roman Baldric
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  • Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare "Mainz" with apron (old version, polished brass)
    Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare
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  • Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare "Mainz" with apron (new version, tinned brass)
    Authentic Replica - Cingulum Militare
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  • Authentic Replica - Late Roman Centurio belt (Leather & Brass)
    Authentic Replica - Late Roman Centurio belt (Leather & Brass)
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