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Cloth formed the largest import during the 18th century, and tailoring was largest trade in metropolitan areas for an even longer period. Since togas had long since gone out of style, tailors were necessary, since everyone the cloth turned into clothes.

Tailors dealt with people from all walks of society: men, women and children, rich or poor, taking their measurements and producing fitted garments. These would often be of similar design; only the fabric in which they were cut would mark the social standing of the wearer.  

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