The comfort they provided from extended periods on horseback made trousers a practical choice.
Images of male and female horse riders wearing trousers can be found on ancient ceramics. On the photo is an example of this on the vase to the left, depicting an Amazon woman.
My further research brings me to the fact that mythical Amazon warrior women in fact existed and were part of Schythian nomad tribes. They considered them as garments worn by barbarians.
Trousers came to Europe only in 13-14th century and were a military garment. They came in the form of snug shorts or loose fitting trousers that closed at the ankles.
In the late 14th century, they developed into tight trousers with attached foot coverings.
I am planning to bring this fascinating historical facts of trousers and ancient feminism into my practice.
At the moment I am reading the book Amazons and planning to go to the British Museum exhibition Scithian Warriors of Ancient Siberia 14th Sep till 14thJan 18. I have looked through many historical books however find sad that due to the lack of publications by Kazakh anthropologists, Kazakhstan seems to be out of picture or just briefly mentioned alrhough althoigh its been the major land of nomafs throughout millennia.
14 September 2017
14 January 2018