Collection: Garments

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
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.

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  • Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, red pattern)
    Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, red pattern)
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    €49,90
  • Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, blue pattern)
    Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, blue pattern)
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    €49,90
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    €49,90
  • Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, black pattern)
    Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic long sleeve tunic (Cotton, black pattern)
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    €59,90
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    €59,90
  • Authentic clothing - Handwoven, hand-stitched Late-Roman Tunic (linen, red pattern)
    Authentic clothing - Handwoven, hand-stitched Late-Roman Tunic (linen, red pattern)
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    €489,90
  • Authentic clothing - Handwoven, hand-stitched late-Roman Tunic (linen, blue pattern)
    Authentic clothing - Handwoven, hand-stitched late-Roman Tunic (linen, blue pattern)
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    €489,90
  • Authentic clothing - Roman republican tunic (handwoven, handstitched)
    Authentic clothing - Roman republican tunic (handwoven, handstitched)
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    €209,90
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    €209,90
  • Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic short sleeve tunic (Cotton, black pattern)
    Realistic clothing - Late-Roman Coptic short sleeve tunic (Cotton, black pattern)
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    €49,90
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    €49,90