The ancient Roman culture was influenced by most communities in the near east, including China, India, and North Africa. These influences can be seen in the customs of clothing and ornamentation of everyday citizens.
Most clothing was made from wool, silk, or or cotton. Merchants would trade spices for Chinese silk, and most cotton was imported from India. In exchange for Indian cotton, Roman traders would offer leather, stones, or native wool.
The Romans learned to spin and dye their fabrics from nearby Lebanese and North African weavers. The ancient Roman culture was comprised of many diverse influences both from communities within the empire from those outside the empire.