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Fashion history: Minoan Crete

Minoan dress was one of the four styles that led to the development of Greek clothing. He also influenced the making in the coastal regions of the Black Sea, the eastern Mediterranean and parts of inner Asia. It is accepted that the concept of cutting emerged here, Minoans were the first wear wardrobes. The hat also originated in Crete. Unfortunately, no specimens have survived clothing temperate Crete, damper weather. It we know of Minoan art has come. The evolution of the costume of Crete during different periods of the civilizations of Crete and the Aegean Sea is well documented, but never can reveal exactly what was worn.

Women's clothing

In the early stages of civilization in Crete, women wore loincloths, common to both sexes, but arranged in a skirt. In the eighteenth century BC, women's clothing includes a decorated skirt, a blouse, a garment outside, either a long coat or short coat, and a head dress.

As the skirt was developed, it became more elaborate and ornate. Supported by the waist and reaching to the ground, was belted tightly and closely fitted on the hips. The oldest model, Early Minoan III (2400-2100 BC) was bell-shaped, Striped fabric made in general terms. His fullness was supported by horizontal rings that helped to stiffen the garment. Flyers, narrow strips of printed material, fell over each other to form a checkerboard pattern of light blue, brown, beige and fabric. A fresco in Hagia Triada shows a woman wearing a skirt in which two levels of fabric frilly white, red and brown rectangles and a link in red and white were sewn into a skirt with a white cross and red.

Figurines of Palaikastro show that this rigid skirts fashion persisted in the provincial towns until the early sixteenth century before Christ.

The bodice evolved in a way stiff wrapping a shawl around the body and then tightened at the waist, leaving her breasts completely or almost completely exposed. At the end of Middle Minoan (1580 BC) the bodice, which was open at the front to the waist, stood up behind the neck in a collar of the Medici. From the eighteenth century, the necklace disappeared. The neckline, but was modified was tied for the bodice just below the breasts.

Forearms were universally naked. Sleeves were well equipped, swelling or leg of lamb-of-'estilo. It is held in place by ribbons tied at the neck or shoulder straps crossed over the back.

The brace was one of the most amazing clothes. Formed a framework of metal plates, which involves the use of copper. The technology was new and unknown to the people of the Neolithic. The corset skirt lie on the hips and accentuates the slenderness of the waist and the prominence of bare breasts.

The slim waist was sought mainly by women but by men. Deepens often by a belt. Middle Minoan Crete women waist finished twice around the waist, letting the ends fall against the foot of the skirt. Another type of belt, with two rolls, but no tabs, remained in vogue for a long period and has been found in pottery votive objects. A simple style consists of a single roll.

The apron is at the top of the skirt originated in primitive loincloth common to the prehistoric peoples of the Paleolithic and Neolithic, which could dress have been preserved in religious ritual.

Minoan dress became more elaborate between 1700 and 1500 BC, was a superb example of luxury and elegance. Colors vivid and rich fabrics characterized the Cretan costumes, which included the dress, apron, bodice, skirt culottes type, and numerous styles of hats. After the invasion Mycenaean in 1450, women Minoan Mycenaean color and shape of the suit, and these eventually found their way into Greek styles.

Man clothing

All men, workers and warriors and princes, wearing the loincloth, which varied in shape depending on the material used – linen, wool thick, or leather. The panel of purity can be arranged as a short skirt or a double apron. Usually ended in the back at a point which dragged at times and a spike-like tail of an animal. Or it could be another loincloth worn over the first, but from back to front, forming a steering wheel that stretched halfway thigh, with two points, one each in the back and front. The torso was covered.

The male thin waist belts were compounded by widely fabric decorated with metal, the most expensive show rosettes and spirals of gold and silver, or copper.

After the invasion of Mycenaean, men wearing shorts fitted with decorative tassels. This style continued until the Dorians invaded Crete in 1100 BC.

The ceremonial dress was a gown of one piece in bright colors with rich embroidery. It was reserved for princes, nobles and priests. Tunic fit, fell from the neck to the calf or ankle. A short coat or a coat made of animal skin or wool was used on the dress of loincloth or heat.

Male nudity was widely accepted. Men of any rank or status roamed freely in the nude.


Cretans entered the house barefoot, but wearing shoes outside. Especially the upper class were not in public without shoes or sandals. The latter were worked fine and is inserted above the ankles with thick straps. These belts were decorated with beads of times, but this was the height of luxury. Footwear Minoans'-types shoes slippers, moccasin style socks, sandals, and high closed boots for trips. The men wore white socks boots, reaching to the calf. They were probably made of it a little pale white leather or suede, is still used by shoemakers Cretans today. They could also be red with straps tied seven times around the leg.

Women wore boots high, slippers, sandals and shoes with heels sometimes.


Early Minoans wore animal skins, but in 3000 before Christ who had mastered the art of weaving linen and later wool. The proof that spinning and weaving were known Neolithic communities is provided by the discovery numerous spindle whorls.

Everything related to clothing, from the shearing of cutting the fabric, was a domestic occupation, but the staining was qualified professionals. The industry uses vegetable pigments and purple extracted from shellfish. This industry had a long history purple in the context of the period Middle Minoan period, and made it possible to dye the finest materials with three or four colors in varied patterns.


Many items of jewelry that have survived from the Minoan period were found in graves, buried with their owners.

The average Minoan wore necklaces stones, while the seeds rich soapstone proudly blue, blue paste imitate lapis lazuli, agate, amethyst, carnelian and rock crystal, or metal plates. Mixed with these accounts were pendants bearing animals, birds or human motives. women have been represented Minoan thin necklaces long chains that could be involved three times around the neck.

Pendants and earrings were very popular. They were handmade from wire, metal strip, coiled or decorated metal plates rosettes.

headdress is usually only used by women who adorned their hair with gold bands and tiaras. Forks were made of copper or gold. The simplest type of spiral had heads, while examples with flower heads were found in Mochlos.

The bracelets were used in both arms.


The hats are believed to have originated in Minoan Crete. These plugs tall pointy hats, berets, turbans and three-cornered hats, even perhaps with ritual significance, decorated with roses and crowned with a pen or curling ribbon. Some hats with white trim, while other black.

Hair was an intricate style. The women wore their hair in a variety of ways: in a pony tail hanging off the back of the neck, long waves, braids, or a blockage of one or two curls over the ear and hanging by the neck. The senior women wore ornaments of gold pins in her hair. Gold or copper pins were also used to hold the hair in place. Hairstyles may offer luxury ornamentation and precious stones like pearls joined by gold filigree fillets – narrow strips of hair – or a crown small-scale gold. Moreover, hair can be braided with strands of pearls. The Late Minoan men wore their hair in a long wavy style.

Knossos: the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete and probably the ceremonial and political center of the Minoan civilization and culture.

Hagia Triada: the archaeological site of an ancient Minoan settlement.

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