Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome are very close together when it comes down to fashion, but there are a few differences. I’m grabbing it all together on the explanation page for you so you can check if the garment you had in mind is really in the right period for you. If you need specific dates on garments, just contact me for more information.
Used materials are linen, cotton, silk and wool. Linen and wool is most available, silk as a luxury and cotton as a replacement for silk (but still a luxury).
They had a very wide colour-range. A lot of colours were only available for the richer population. I’ll categorize them from rich to poor:
– Purple (emperor or royalty)
– Crimson red/purple
– Indigo Blue
– Saffron Yellow
– Yellow from weld
– Red, pink, brown, orange from madder
– Blue from woad
– linenwhite (bleached in the sun)
– Beige and brownish (no threatment at all)
Also the intensity of the colour could distinct you as a wealthier person.
Okay, let’s be clear on this dress. It is not modelled after a dress anywhere near Antiquity. It is heavily inspired by it, but not historical correct. It does have the same base principles of Ancient Greek and Roman clothing.
Palla – Pallium / Himation
Ancient Roman / Ancient Greek
The Palla is a large rectangular scarf (historical correct in wool), worn mostly by women. The Pallium was the male version of the Palla, but it got replaced by the Toga. It was probably modelled after the Greek Himation, which was worn by men and women.
Tell me about your character. Time period, area, status and occupation. Do you have references or images? Check the Materials and Colours page for more info on how far you’d like to go into history.
There is also the possibility to request this period with a fantasy touch (non conventional materials).