Ancient Greek Clothing

Clothing in ancient greek was expensive. It was made from wool or linen. Lightweight material was used to produce the clothing and was dyed by natural plants. During the 5th century, wool was imported from India. These were produced and sold at an expensive price that the poor families made their own clothing while the rich who could afford it, brought it. Female slaves were to make this clothing or any female member in that family. All clothing were decorated to tell the different city states in where they lived. Tunics called chitons were formed by draping a piece of rectangle-shaped cloth around the body with belts, hooks, buttons, or brooches.

Up until the sixth century the women wore a rectangle of woven wool. It was about six feet wide and about 18 inches longer that the height of the person wearing the garment. The fabric was wrapped around the wearer with the extra material folded over the top. It was pinned on both shoulders with the extra material falling free looking like a cape. The pins used for fastening the garment were open with a decorated head. During this time period the men wore similar chitons that came to the ankles. During the fifth century the men began wearing shorter chitons with one shoulder pinned. Until the fifth century garments were white. Beginning with the sixth century the clothes were decorated with a wide range of colors. Later the tunic was replaced by thin linen or occasionally silk. At this time the fabric was much wider and could measure up to 10 feet wide. The length was measured from the wearer’s shoulder to the ankle with no extra. The tunic was fastened on both sides of the neck with two long pins or metal brooches called fibulae. The fabric was pulled in at the waist with a belt. At this time the chiton sleeves were popular with the ladies. These were made by fastening the ends of the two pieces fabric many times from the shoulder to the wrist. The fabric pulled away from each clasp making oval shaped openings all along the arm. The men’s tunics were wore at knee-length. The women wore their tunics to the ankles. Both men and women wore cloaks called himation. These were also made from a rectangular piece of fabric. The men’s were usually knee-length while the women’s were long. Greeks wore shoes when they went outside. Everyone had strapped sandals. Boots were made of leather. The women wore ankle length boots while the men wore heavy boots with laces. The first real hat was invented by the Greeks. It was worn when traveling. The hat had a chin strap to hold it on.

Ancient Greek Clothing

Ancient Greek Clothing


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  4.    Soloz said,

    19/03/2012 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you Mr Gleek. It was a pleasure helping you with your researchs :)
    Cheers, Soloz

  5.    diana said,

    05/04/2012 at 5:16 am


  6.    Soloz said,

    23/04/2012 at 11:24 am

    umm.. hi?
    Do u have a comment to make?
    Cheers, Soloz

  7.    MILAKUNIS said,

    05/05/2012 at 4:51 am

    Thanks it helped me alot!

  8.    THE KING said,

    22/05/2012 at 5:44 pm


  9.    Soloz said,

    22/06/2012 at 8:47 pm

    ummmm…… okay thank you
    I guess I know you from school??

  10.    Soloz said,

    22/06/2012 at 8:48 pm

    No probs Milakunis :)

  11.    ross said,

    11/02/2013 at 4:40 am

    great information

  12.    smles said,

    09/03/2013 at 3:49 am

    thank this really helped with my greek project

  13.    Soloz said,

    29/03/2013 at 7:02 pm

    No problemo. Glad it helped :)

  14.    Soloz said,

    29/03/2013 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you

  15.    Jake said,

    03/04/2013 at 3:08 pm

    This was awesome it helped so much

  16.    maryam said,

    10/05/2013 at 6:06 am

    add more cloths

  17.    harrison said,

    10/05/2013 at 8:22 pm

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  18.    jimmy said,

    26/05/2013 at 4:38 pm

    im doing a project it needs the particular clothing for each city state. (major)

  19.    savannah said,

    10/06/2013 at 11:12 am

    wow that is so cool i love how it is true facts

  20.    savannah said,

    10/06/2013 at 11:16 am

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  21.    megan and savannah said,

    10/06/2013 at 11:18 am

    Megan said
    Savannah said
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  22.    savannah said,

    10/06/2013 at 11:19 am

    thank you this help me and Megan with are Greek project we really appreciated it

  23.    Soloz said,

    01/08/2013 at 11:37 am

    No probs Savannah :) Always happy to help.

  24.    stupefy1 said,

    09/10/2013 at 11:01 am


  25.    Deborah said,

    23/11/2013 at 3:16 am

    thank you

  26.    Deborah said,

    23/11/2013 at 3:17 am

    for all this information about Ancient greece clothing i really needed it for my homework

  27.    larae said,

    26/11/2013 at 4:25 am

    how do I cite this souce with apa format?

  28.    Lauren said,

    30/11/2013 at 11:43 pm

    The picture is partly wrong, Greeks had chitons and chlamys, but it was the romans who wore stolas and pallas. I used this picture for my project but had to take it up when I realised it was wrong. However the article was awesome, just a shame the picture didn’t link to it.

  29.    Isaiah said,

    01/02/2014 at 6:42 am

    thanks a lot for this help

  30.    Angharad Farquhar said,

    05/02/2014 at 7:10 am

    I’m doing a project on Greece ay school and it helped me a lot thx

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    23/03/2014 at 10:48 pm

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    23/03/2014 at 10:49 pm

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  33.    Averi said,

    29/04/2014 at 11:30 am

    Who is the author please?

  34.    aidan said,

    06/05/2014 at 4:59 am

    thank you very much for this article! it helped out a lot with my greece project at school!

  35.    Soloz said,

    06/06/2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’m sorry, this was a blog I did a few years ago for a school project and the image was taken of Google when I searched it up.

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