Clothing Style from Canaan
To the south of the Hittite Empire place the further peaceful land of Canaan. Most of the Canaanites were farmers and merchants and Canaan had numerous prosperous ports on the Mediterranean coast.
Weavers in Canaan produced a colorful, patterned cloth that was sold by merchants to people all around the Mediterranean.
Wool and linen materials were dyed in a variety of brilliant colors which also included crimson, ruby, burgundy, green, blue and gold as well as bold patterned borders were woven as favorite clothes. The people of Canaan made their multi-colored bright clothes into outstanding trendy outfits.
Also some people wore more than a few layers of different patterns but while some others preferred a simple, long, white tunic which may be edged with a impressive band of color.
Varieties of Clothing
Clothing Style from Canaan of the Sea People’s clothing are short, colorful tunics which would be decorated with bold, contrasting group of colors.
In the Old Testament Book of Genesis, Joseph, the youngest son of Jacob, is described as having a glorious “coat of many colors.” Nobody knows what this coat would have looked like, but it may have featured colored wool dyed sky blue and crimson, as well as the more usual greens, yellows and browns produced by earth and plants.
The in charge of the temple [High priest] wore an exceptional set of traditional clothes which would be called as the “golden garments”. The golden garments consisted of eight separate items: a tunic, a belt, a turban, a pair of linen breeches, a breastplate and an ephod which is a type of apron, a robe and a golden head plate.
Over the white tunic and pants, the high priest wore a sky blue robe, which were hemmed with decorative pomegranates and bells which tinkled as he moved.
On top of the tunic was the ephod with two sardonyx stones on its shoulder straps and a breastplate, set with twelve precious stones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel.
The high priest wore his golden garments every day of the year except on the Day of Atonement, the Hebrews’ most holy day. On this day, the high priest showed his humility before God by wearing the white garments: a turban, tunic, breeches, and belt which were all made from pure white linen. Other priests wore the white garments all through the year.