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Bast Recast Deep-Dive: French Work Pant 1890

This is a garment style from the 1890s, which, like many from that period, is quite oversized compared to modern day garments. So much so that the models in our photoshoot described them as clown pants.

Garments from this period tended to be bigger, although it is not clear why this is. However, it is thought that it was for either ease of movement and/or layering with other garments, especially for warmth in the winter.

Going back further in history, archaeology is revealing that the real Amazons were horse-riding, spear-throwing, pants-wearing, fearsome female fighters from ancient Scythia, and according to historical accounts, the ancient Amazons wore pants while riding into battle.

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