Ancient Greek woman loved cosmetics. Beauty products were so
expensive that only the rich could afford them and when they put them on, they
were hardly visible. The desired look was a ‘no makeup’ makeup. They wanted a
natural beauty (achieved with unnatural means). The Greeks paid as much
attention to their hair as they did their clothing. In the classical period it
was the fashion for young men to crop their hair short. Woman teased, frizzed
and curled their hair. Children had long hair and the little girls tied their
hair in ponytails. Greeks began establishments in barbering where a skilled
barber would earn a wage for his expertise. Men took pride in styling their
hair and beards so this was an important aspect. Lips and cheeks were gently
brightened with red-coloured pastes. Eye shadows were also common. They used
combs made of ivory, tortoiseshell, bone, olive wood or bronze depending on
their personal wealth. Woman would wear ribbons in their hair. Both men and
woman scented their hair with scents or fragrant oils.  To keep their hair shiny and soft they would
also turn to olive oil. Lipsticks were made with red iron oxide and ochre
clays, or olive oil with beeswax. Olive oil was ab essential ingredients of eye
shadows as well. It was mixed with ground charcoal. Clothing worn during the
classical period of Greece was made simple and draped to a sophisticated
effect. Loose fitting and free flowing, It was adaptable to different seasons,
the key garment for both men and woman was a chiton (a tunic compromising two
rectangle of cloth, joined at the shoulders and sides). That could be range in
different ways and cuts. Woman also wore an alternative version of the tunic
called peplos (which was gathered in at the waist and particularly fastened at
the shoulders). They observed acutely the sillohetes by tucking, folding and
draping combinations or sections if fabric that have been cut in triangle,
squares or circles. Children also often wore only cloth wrapped around their
middles like wrap skirts or shorts. Greek men mostly wore a tunic, a sort of knee-length t-shirt
made of wool or linen, tied with a belt at the waist. Men used the fold
of cloth over their
belt as a pocket. Clothing was made of silk, linen and most often, wool.
The production of fabric was a long and tedious process, making ready-made
clothing expensive. Leather was a biggest use for footwear within Ancient
Greece; Leather sandals lined with animal fur were common during the severe
winter months. The footwear was also generally made from woven palm leaves and
vegetable fibre. Linen was sourced from the flax plant, Sheep was the main
source of wool, and Cattle were the main source for footwear during the winter
months. In the modern world from the 18th century onwards, a number
of neoclassical movements in fashion have drawn on the soft, draped styles of
classical past. Often these have had a particular purpose- for example: helping
to liberate woman from the constraints of tight clothing and cumbersome layers
of petty coats and shaped padding. Trade was important and due to an increase
in movements, goods could be bought and sold. They often traded between Egypt,
Asia and Greekmainland’s. Particularly in precious goods like gold, pottery, ivory
and they would export olives and wine. Religion
was important to the Greeks because
they believed it would make their life better while they were living. They also
believed the gods would
take care of them when they died. The Ancient Greeks believed in many different gods and goddesses. Greek
mythology consists of myths and
legends belonging to the ancient
Greeks concerning their gods, the nature of the world, and the origins
and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. They also were part of
their religion in ancient Greece.
The wealthier wore elaborate jewellery, decorative belts and rich embroidery.
Young men wore short tunics, while older men preferred long ones. Slaves often
wore just a strip of cloth called a loincloth. Rich woman carried parasols to
protect them from the sun, although ordinary Greeks wore clothes of wool or
linen the rich could afford cotton and silk. As a sign of wealth and capacity
in comparison to the slave., This was also due he fact that the poor could not
afford to change their appearance or clothes. Woman would never cut their hair.
They would let it hang in long locks or wear it twisted with ribbons and piled
up in a chignon but slaves they would have their hair cut. The chlamys, a cape
shaped like a clamshell that it was names after, worn by soilders but soon
became a fashion item. 

 

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