historic sewing

Athens Senate Outlaws Pins

Ancient Athenian women wore a loose garment called a peplos (pronounced pepless, as in having no pep). This was basically a simple rectangle of wool cloth that measured half again the height of the woman wearing it. It was folded over and wrapped around the body, and secured at the shoulders and side with lightweight, dagger-like pins. That is, secured with dagger-like pins until the year 570, B.C., when hundreds of grief-stricken women turned their fearsome pins into very real daggers. Following the incident, the Athenian senate immediately outlawed and strictly enforced a total ban on the use...