There has been only a limited number of finds of clothing in the Netherlands. Therefore, the reconstructions we show at Archeon are based on many assumptions and foreign finds, mainly from Germany and Denmark.
The clothes of the hunters / gatherers of the Old and Middle Stone Age was probably basically made of leather and fur. Plant fibres like tree bark, nettle, rushes and grass could have been used. Around 5,300 BC, the first farmers introduced the flax plant in the Netherlands. From this time onwards linnen could have been made and worn. During the course of the New Stone Age, people began to use the wool of their sheep. At the latest from the Iron Age onward, the wool was dyed as well.
We know little about the models of clothing from the Stone Age. Rock carvings and the find of a mummy in the Alps give us some clues: skirts for women, loose trouser legs which were held with a belt around the waste and a cloth around the loins for the men. Complete clothes dating back to the Bronze Age are found in Danish graves. Women wore short woolen sweaters and long woolen skirts or short skirts of rope, men wore a woolen kind of skirt until the knees, woolen cloaks and caps. The bogs in the north of the Netherlands revealed simple leather shoes from this period. We have clothes from the Iron Age as well, from the bogs in Northern Gemany and Denmark. In those days, women wore peplos-like dresses or skirts made of wool, men wore woolen trousers and tunics. Against the cold, they used cloaks made of sheepskins or wool. They had leather shoes. The Archeon employees use this kind of clothes daily and therefore know, it fits fine and is often warmer and more comfortable than modern clothes!