Originally every class dressed in the same way, the clothing that represented social rank and financial circumstances developed later on.
In the beginning women wore simple linen cloths, which they wrapped around their lower body and tied at their waist.
Their upper body remained uncovered, only those belonging to the upper class wore capes that went down to their elbows.
Later on the calasiris appeared, which could be worn in many different ways.
This one went down to the calf or to the ankle, it was close fitting and revealed the lines of the figure.
It left the brests uncovered, and it was held by a sash or a broad epaulet.
The shirt shaped calasiris was tight at the neck, but there were various
neck types and it was also made with or without sleeves.
The translucent and the thickly pleated pieces were worn without or with belts.
Men wore hip or loin-cloths the so called senti.
The cloth was wrapped around the lower body, tied at the front or fastened
with a belt. The senti of the kings and the honorable members of society were
heavily pleated and decorated.
Men often wore more loin-cloths on top of each other and the one on top was
the longest, and it’s shape resembled a skirt.
Originally the senti was the only piece of clothing, the upper body wasn’t covered just like in the women’s case.
Later on the men began to wear calasirises, mostly above the loin-cloth,
but sometimes underneath it. Only the royalties wore a translucent cape wrapped around their bodies, the so called haik.