The belt is an important and historic part of the costume, which sometimes literally “holds” a attire, but more often gives it charm and organic perfection. The history of the known zones of various shapes and sizes, richly decorated and concise, support or adorn clothes, servants to carry weapons or purse. And the line between the belt and the belt is so blurred that we can talk about them as synonyms.

Belt appeared in the III Millennium BC in Egypt, and serve to hold the loincloth – shenti. They were considered sacred, and only nobility could wear them. Over time the belt for clothes appreciated almost all Nations, he only changed depending on their lifestyle.

It was worn over the tunic in Greece and Rome, and were obliged to wear everything except the dancers and courtesans; the belt was worn with a robe in China, and with women’s dress – in Germany, the Celts. Greek women under the robe and tunic they wore leather straps, tightening his stomach like a corset. And with the advent of pants (it is believed that the first of them began to wear the Persians) also started to use a few belts and straps. Wider belt used for carrying and securing weapons, supplies, necessary things, but narrower supported the clothes.

The decoration of the nomad

Nomadic peoples – the Scythians, Sarmatians, Turks and others – couldn’t do without a belt, and it was connected with the harshness of their lives: in windy conditions and is often unstable weather strap securely fixed clothing.

It straps and belts in these tough peoples were still single and favorite clothes: used pads made of precious metals, artfully decorated buckles, rivets and even cowrie shells. The richness of the finish belt talked about the status of the person. Perhaps, in all countries and always belts, buckles, belt pads were not only jewelry, but also signs of social hierarchy and military differences.

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