Hello! It’s Jacky.
In our history class in school we have been learning about different fashions in history throughout the world. Students got into groups and learned about their assigned country.
Suki, Ana Ming, and Josefina studied China.
They each talked about the outfit they wore.
“My outfit has golden dragons embroidered on it. The emperor of China was the only person allowed to wear clothes with dragons on it because in ancient times, he was considered to actually be a dragon sent from heaven,” said Josefina.
“I am wearing a kimono. Kimono literally means ‘thing to wear’. It’s one piece of fabric, like a robe, that wraps around the body. A lot of time and care goes into making a kimono because the hem and the pattern of embroidery is all hand stitched,” informed Ana Ming.
“I am wearing a cherry blossom kimono. Some kimono’s are worn for different seasons. Kimonos with butterflies or cherry blossoms like mine, are worn in the spring. My kimono is also special because the sleeves are so long they go all the way to the floor! This signifies that I am not married,” said Suki.
From China, we moved on to Africa with a focus on Egypt.
“An African princess might wear the dress I”m wearing with lots of colors and patterns. Gold jewelry like my collar and crown would accessorize the dress” reported Keisha.
In Egypt women wore a dress of varying length depending on their social status. Women could also wear robes and shawls as you see on Ashley and Julia. Rose is wearing a belly dancer outfit.
From Africa we traveled north to Ireland.
Celtic knots were used to embroider clothing.
“These knots look like they do not have a beginning or end. People would give gifts with these knots so the person receiving might have a long life,” said Rowena.
“Celtic people valued nature. Some even considered certain trees, like the Rowan to be sacred. My gown has embroidered vines along the hem to signify this,” stated Megan.
I hope you enjoyed reading what I learned in history class this week. It was so fun to see everyone dressed in the style and time period they were talking about.
See you next time!