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Shover, Edna Mann / Art in costume design: practical suggestions for those interested in art, sewing, history and literature

Chapter V: Roman,   pp. [59]-71 PDF (3.5 MB)

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omans to be content with a single garment of delicate coloring and 
Ă½veral garments of the same or similar shape and of different colors
ere therefore worn one over the other. They were often looped up 
Le waist, so as to show the different colors at the bottom and the 
eeves were made of varying lengths, thus giving the same color 
Fects over the arm. The bottom of the shortest garment was often 
iished with a fringe or heavy embroidery, and for the ladies who were 
ives of Senators, this shorter garment showed a broad stripe 
orked in purple and gold. The desired rich appearance was given 
te garments of the wealthier class by the great variety of oriental 
Iks with their brilliant colors. (Illustration 16.) 
olors. As the colors became more numerous certain colors were 
served for the sole use of certain classes of the people. For instance, 
ie costume of the soothsayer was white with no ornament; that of 
Le lowest class, a sombre color such as tan or gray; the peasantry 
ere ordered to wear a garment of one color only; officers, garments 
, two colors; commanders of clans, garments of three colors, and so 
1 until those of the royal family were allowed seven colors. The hue 
-nominated purple by the ancients and running through all the 
trous shades of color intervening between scarlet, crimson and the 
eep reddish blue called purple at the present day, was the sign of 
yalty and the well-known saying of a child being "born to the 
irple" when born of rich or distinguished parents comes from the 
omans. Garments of academic colors were very popular and later 

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