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European Dress Changed Gradually in the Years 400 to 1100

 People in many countries dressed differently depending on whether they identified with the old Romanised population, or the new invading populations such as Franks, Anglo-Saxons, andVisigoths.

Men of the invading peoples generally wore short tunics, with belts, and visible trousers, hose or leggings.
The Romanised populations, and the Church, remained faithful to the longer tunics of Roman formal costume.
The elite imported silk cloth from the Byzantine, and later Muslim, worlds, and also probably cotton.
They also could afford bleached linen and dyed and simply patterned wool woven in Europe itself.
But embroidered digitizing decoration was probably very widespread, though not usually detectable in art.
Lower classes wore local or homespun wool, often undyed, trimmed with bands of decoration, variously embroidery, tablet-woven bands, or colorful borders woven into the fabric in the loom.
The woven cotton fabric in its loom-state not only contains impurities, including warp size, but requires further treatment in order to develop its full textile potential.
Furthermore, it may receive considerable added value by applying one or more finishing processes.
In areas where climate control is unavailable (such as in historic buildings), the conservator can still moderate the temperature and relative humidity through use of fans, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, and portable heating or cooling units.
In addition to temperature and humidity, air flow is also a concern for embroidery digitizing textile preservation.
Textiles should never be sealed in plastic or other air-tight casing unless it is part of a treatment or cleaning process.
Proper circulation, combined with the suggested humidity, will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which may stain or weaken antique textiles.

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