Dress and Identity in the Arts of Western Anatolia: The by Şare, Tuna

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46 Goetze (1955, 48-62) through his study of several tablets pinpoints eleven different items of dress mostly of men‘s wear, including tunics of different type, headdresses, belts, and veils. One very interesting dress item mentioned in the texts is the Tugguea, ―Hurrian shirt‖ embroidered or trimmed with gold borders. Also see, Singer 2008, 29-30. 47 Hawkins 1982, 372-441. 19 these Neo-Hittite states to the Assyrian kings, making it clear that the textiles of the region were highly valued and that there existed a developed textile industry.

13). Also known as ―Tyrian purple‖, because of the reputation of Phoenician town of Tyre from where purple dyes are exported to the Mediterranean, the color is made from the snails collected from shallow seafloors. The process of production seems to have included sun drying, boiling, and then smashing the snails to get the purple liquid out. Extracted purple liquid are then used to die wool. Since each snail yields only a single drop of the dye, the expensive purple garments of the antiquity seem to have been popular only among the elite, eventually becoming a ―royal code‖ of the Byzantine emperors.

24 nothing, like the one worn by the legendary Lydian queen Omphales. 63 Unlike the case at Gordion, excavations at Sardis, the capital of Lydia, have not yet revealed any fragments of textiles or evidence for their mass production to support the reputation of the Lydians as makers of fine textiles. Yet, there is indirect evidence. 65 Other types of natural resources in the region such as perfect topographical and climatic conditions to grow flax for the production of linen or to raise sheep as sources of wool and mohair, though indirectly, further imply the fame of Sardian textiles in antiquity.

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