Modern Approaches to the Study of Ancient Textiles: Technical and Social Aspects of Roman Dress

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM
KALAMATA (GREECE)
18-19 MARCH, 2011

Organisers: Eleni Zimi, Iris Tzachili

University of Peloponnese

Clothing and identities
New perspectives
on textiles
in the Roman empire

University of Crete

Resources: Symposium Programme, English
Πρόγραμμα Συμποσίου, Ελληνικά

How to reach Kalamata: useful travel info!
Η εγκύκλιος του Συμποσίου, Ελληνικά

Textiles and garments are the final products of a time-consuming process involving several stages of often complex technical work that requires knowledge and personal investment. Garments in particular are laden with symbolism, thus reflecting personal and social values and traditions. Moreover, clothing is a prime element in the creation of man’s appearance, closely associated with the historical moment, the technical possibilities and personal choice.

This Symposium is organized under the auspices of the EU project DressID: Clothing and Identities. New Perspectives on Textiles in the Roman Empire by Study Group 2: Material and Technique. Its scope is to investigate certain technical aspects of textiles and fibers presenting the evidence for the various materials used primarily for the creation of Roman dress in the territories of the Roman Empire. The investigation into the reasons behind the choice of a raw material or of a specific technique will throw light on the identity of the person who wore it aiming at a new appreciation of the social significance of clothing in the Roman Era.

The interrelation between raw materials and environment, the technology of fibers, weaving techniques, types of looms, the variety and geographical distribution of tools and implements in relation to the techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving, sewing, etc. are issues to be explored not only for a better understanding of Roman technology and domestic crafts, but also for defining the role of textiles in the Roman marketplace and trade.

The DressID project has been funded with support of the European Commission. This publication / communication reflects the views of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may made of the information contained therein.

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