History of the skirt part 1

23/07/2021

To talk about the history of the skirt we have to go back almost to the beginning of time since it has been proven that primitive prehistoric humans or hominids wore them in caves. Initially its task was to protect against the cold. It was a box of animal skin with a hole in its central part and through which men, women and children, without age difference, inserted their body and held it. with a rope at the high waist or even at the chest. Already at the time of the Sumerians, Assyrians and Egyptians, certain differences were created. The Egyptians, for example, created pleats, and men wore it above the knee, while women wore it to the ankle, fitted to the waist and with straps. During the Roman Empire, Emperor Constantine began wearing the knee-length skirt, made of wide leather straps and edges, making it in common use among all Roman soldiers. Later, the use of the skirt began to be exclusive to women because it was a comfortable garment that allowed the free movement of the legs. It is then when the skirt begins to transform according to the historical moments, trends and needs of women. In the Middle Ages, the skirt was very high-waisted, practically starting just below the bust and reaching down to the ankles or the floor. It was made of heavy, dark fabrics.