Facts About Toga, Worn in Academic but Not Associated to Academic

Who doesn’t know about toga? Toga is a must-wear attire in graduation ceremonies, including in Indonesia. Yet, did you know that the black robe we always wear in graduation ceremonies is not from our culture? Find out facts about Toga here.

The word Toga comes from Tego, which means covering. Toga is often associated with the Romans, but Toga actually comes from a type of robe worn by native Italians, namely the Etruscans who lived in Italy since 1200 BC.

At that time, Toga had the appearance of an ordinary 6 meter long cloth that was only worn around the body. The history of Toga then developed in Rome when the toga was made into Roman clothing. Toga in Roman times was a garment in the form of a thick woolen coat worn after wearing a loincloth or apron.

The length of the toga and the style of the curtain were also common during Roman times. During the period before the Roman Empire, the toga was a very simple garment. But, when Emperor Augustus ascended to power in AD 27, the toga became long, flowing, and voluminous, possibly signifying the country’s prosperity. (Tramadol)

However, over time, the use of toga for everyday clothing slowly began to be abandoned. But that doesn’t mean Toga just disappeared. Toga was modified to become formal ceremonial clothing, which included graduation ceremonies.

Then what does the black color on the toga mean? The black color on Toga means the mystery and darkness that has been defeated while studying at university. The black color also symbolizes majesty, that’s why not only scholars, there are also judges who also use black on their robes.


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