Vindolanda finds point to advanced textile industry

It's not just about togas anymore. New evidence shows that "the Romans had a surprisingly advanced textile industry -- and possibly a luxury fashion addiction," with garments that included paenulas and laenas of wool, leather or felt.

Recent finds at northern England's Vindolanda lead experts to believe that the region's cold, wet weather led Roman Britons to favor richly-colored fabrics that "were very soft and comfortable."

Examinations of carefully compiled lists of clothing written on wooden tablets and samples of cloth discovered buried in swampy ground have led German archaeologists to conclude that the fort dwellers benefited from Egyptian weaving technology, advanced dyes, and clothing construction techniques such as gussets, once believed to have been developed by later civilizations.