Mesopotamian Clothing

^The civilizations that developed in Mesopotamia near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers between 3000 and 300 B.C.E. developed impressive skills for fashioning clothing. The evidence of these civilizations' clothing remains on sculptures, pottery, and in writings left on tablets and royal tombs. It indicates that a thriving textile or fabric industry existed in the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, which included the Sumerians (3000-2000 B.C.E.), the Akkadians (2350-2218 B.C.E.), the Babylonians (1894-1595 B.C.E.), the Assyrians (1380-612 B.C.E.), and the Persians (550-330 B.C.E.). Textiles were used for trade purposes and were also given as gifts to kings and queens.

Although the earliest civilizations used animal skins to protect themselves from the environment, people soon learned how to pound wool and goat hair into felt or weave it into cloth. Wool was the most common fabric used to make clothing in Mesopotamia and was used for practically every type of garment from cloaks to shoes. Looms for weaving fabric were in use as early as 3000 B.C.E. The skill of early weavers is extraordinary. Some fragments of linen discovered in royal tombs are almost as finely woven as modern-day linen fabric. Linen was a more luxurious fabric and was woven for the clothing of the wealthy, priests, and to adorn statues of gods. Other finely woven fabrics also became available for the wealthiest in Mesopotamia. Soft cotton was introduced in Assyria around 700 B.C.E., and silk became available later.

The surviving evidence does not show the colors of clothing made in Mesopotamia, but archeologists, scientists who study past civilizations, have discovered letters that describe how dyes, appliqués, embroidery, and beads were used to beautify garments. As early as 1200 B.C.E. a type of shell known as Maoris produced a highly-prized dye called Tyrian purple. Artifacts found in royal

Ancient Mesopotamia Clothing Pictures

A detail showing Mesopotamian tombs provide evidence of fitted sewn garments, gold appliqués, and clothinq. Reproduced by permission 11 ^ 1 1 _ 1 1

elaborately decorated clothes. of© Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS. J

A detail showing Mesopotamian tombs provide evidence of fitted sewn garments, gold appliqués, and clothinq. Reproduced by permission 11 ^ 1 1 _ 1 1

elaborately decorated clothes. of© Gianni Dagli Orti/CORBIS. J

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