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At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of fabric such as pareos , but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist or hips and fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of darts , gores, pleats , or panels. Modern skirts are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics , such as denim , jersey, worsted, or poplin. Skirts of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better and for modesty. Skirts were worn since prehistoric times.
They were the simplest way to cover the lower body. Pants were not at hand for a very long time. A straw-woven skirt dating to 3. The Sumerians in Mesopotamia wore kaunakes , a type of fur skirt tied to a belt.
The term "kaunakes" originally referred to a sheep's fleece, but eventually came to be applied to the garment itself.
Eventually, the animal pelts were replaced by kaunakes cloth, a textile that imitated fleecy sheep skin. Ancient Egyptian garments were mainly made of linen. For the upper classes, they were beautifully woven and intricately pleated. By the Middle Kingdom of Egypt , longer skirts, reaching from the waist to ankles and sometimes hanging from the armpits, became fashionable.
During the New Kingdom of Egypt , kilts with a pleated triangular section became fashionable for men. During the Bronze Age , in the Southern parts of Western and Central Europe, wraparound dress-like garments were preferred. However, in Northern Europe, people also wore skirts and blouses. In the Middle Ages , men and women preferred dress-like garments. They were wide cut and often pleated or gored so that horse riding became more comfortable.
Even a knight's armor had a short metal skirt below the breastplate. It covered the straps attaching the upper legs iron cuisse to the breastplate. Technological advances in weaving in the th century, like foot-treadle floor looms and scissors with pivoted blades and handles, improved tailoring trousers and tights. They became fashionable for men and henceforth became standard male attire whilst becoming taboo for women.
Skirts are still worn by men and women from many cultures, such as the lungi , lehnga , kanga and sarong worn in South Asia and Southeast Asia , and the kilt worn in Scotland and Ireland.
This was in reference to the short miniskirts "that barely cover the buttocks" worn by women of the tribe, and which were "probably shocking" to observers in medieval and early modern times. In the Middle Ages, some upper-class women wore skirts over three metres in diameter at the bottom.
Costume historians [ who? During the 19th century, the cut of women's dresses in western culture varied more widely than in any other century. Waistlines started just below the bust the Empire silhouette and gradually sank to the natural waist.
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