Ann Marie Dlott & Colleagues,
Shrewsbury Public Schools, MA
What did the Sumerians wear?
The Sumerians made their clothing by
using the natural resources that were available to them. Clothing
was made from wool or flax which Sumerians could raise and harvest.
(Flax is a plant with blue flowers. The stems of these plants
are used to make the clothing.) How thick or how coarse the clothing
was meant the season in which the clothes would be worn. Like
us, heavier clothing would be worn in the winter and lighter
clothing would be worn in the summer.
Men were barechested and wore skirt-like
garments that tied at the waist. Women usually wore gowns that
covered them from their shoulders to their ankles. The right
arm and shoulder were left uncovered. Men were either clean shaven
or had long hair and beards. Women wore their hair long, but
they usually braided it and wrapped it around their heads. When
entertaining guests, women would place headdresses in their hair.
Although both rich and poor Sumerians
wore the same style of clothing, the wealthier Sumerians wore
clothing that was made out of expensive and luxurious materials.
Wealthy women and princesses also wore clothing that was colorful
Both men and women wore earrings and necklaces.
During celebrations, even more jewelry was worn. The wealthier
Sumerians often wore beautiful gold and silver bracelets and
earrings. Necklaces were also worn and were set with bright,
precious stones. Some of these stones were the lapis lazuli and