Attested in early monuments from the Minoan and Mycenaean period, hides and leather, as well as wool, sheepskins and goatskins, are amongst the oldest materials used for clothing. The use of linen or flax to make garments developed thanks to the agency of the Phoenicians; Alexander  the Great's wars of conquest introduced silk into Greece. The Romans used the same materials for clothing as the Greeks; cotton came into use as well in the 2nd cent. BC; silk did …
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