The peplos was the chief garment of the Achaean women of the early Archaic Period (circa 1200-600 B.C.).
In shape it was a rectangular piece of material, often heavily embroidered and consequently of a solid texture.
It was put on in the manner of the Doric chiton, but being made of more substantial stuff it was wrapped tightly round the figure without folds, girded at the waist and open up one side, the top part falling back over the chest and back.
It was fastened on the shoulders, and often down the side,by large pins.