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Dress and ornament in Europe

The clothes that people wore in the past were just as important to them as they are to us now. It is unusual to find clothes that survive from hundreds of years ago, as they have usually fallen apart, but we can tell what people wore by looking at pictures and carvings from their time.

As people became richer, from the sixteenth century onwards, they started wearing new types of jewellery as well as carrying watches.

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