Minoan Civilization ~ roughly 1750 BC

How Fashion Defines Men and Women Through the Ages

Early in the culture the loincloth was used by both sexes. And that’s practically all men wore, ever. Unlike the Egyptians, the shanti varied according to its cut and normally was arranged as a short skirt or apron, ending in a point sticking out similar to a tail. The fabric passed between the legs, adjusted with a belt, and almost certainly, was decorated with metal. The women wore the garment more as an underskirt by lengthening it. They often are illustrated in statuettes with a large dagger fixed at the belt to provide them with personal safety. Dresses also were long and low-necked, so low that the bodice was open almost all the way to the waist. (And they wonder why they needed to carry a dagger!)

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