Roman Women’s Clothing


Tunic (Tunica)

Women wore a tunic that was ankle length and normally made of wool. This was classed as an undergarment.

Cloak (Stola)

Over this was worn a cloak. This was long sleeved, full length to the ankle and often had a flounce sewn at the bottom of it.

The cloak was wrapped around the body and fastened with a clasp (Fibula) at the shoulder.

Shawl (Palla)

For outdoor wear a shawl was worn and this sometimes had a hood.

The material used would depict status, and wealthier Roman;s clothes were made from linen, cotton and silk.

Women were not restricted to certain colours and would dye the cloth in many bright colours and embroider their clothing.

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