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History of clothing and textiles
- Created 2012-03-12
The wearing of clothing is exclusively a human characteristic and is a feature of most human societies. It is not known when humans began wearing clothes.
believe that animal skins and vegetation were adapted into coverings as protection from cold, heat and rain, especially as humans migrated to new climates; alternatively, covering may have been invented first for other purposes, such as magic, decoration, cult, or prestige, and later found to be practical as well.
s have been important in human history and reflects the
s available to a civilization as well as the technologies that it has mastered. The
significance of the finished product reflects their
Textiles, defined as
to make fabrics, appeared in the Middle East during the late
. From ancient times to the present day, methods of textile production have continually evolved, and the choices of textiles available have influenced how people carried their possessions,
themselves, and decorated their surroundings.
Sources available for the study of the
history of clothing and textiles
include material remains discovered via
; representation of textiles and their manufacture in art; and documents concerning the manufacture, acquisition, use, and trade of fabrics, tools, and finished garments. Scholarship of textile history, especially its earlier stages, is part of
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