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by Archaeology Newsroom

Dress and adornment

What kind of loom was used and the size of the loom was what determined the type of garment worn by the ancient Greeks. Women wove rectangular pieces of material which were fastened to the body with pins, brooches or a belt. Herodotus tells a story of how, traditionally, the woolen Doric robe was replaced by the linen Ionic frock. However it is more probable that this was brought about by the city’s prosperity rather than anything else. Greek women rarely wore their hair loose. One can see many hairdos depicted on vases where hairbands are worn as well as ribbons to tie hair back from the face or hairnets (sacks). Although it was looked upon with disapproval, women used make-up in ancient Greece to heighten certain features of the face.