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Machine-made clothing – Europe 1600s-1800s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:14+00:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

India cotton (1600s AD) In the early 1600s AD, traders began to bring cotton cloth to Europe on sailing ships from India. People thought this cotton cloth was very convenient - it was pretty, with patterns of flowers on it, and it was easier to wash than linen or wool, and cooler in the summer. With the Industrial Revolution of the late [...]

Knitting history – Stocking frames and Luddites

By |2018-11-20T12:50:23+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|

Knitting history: Stocking frame knitting machine (1750) Knitting silk stockings In the 1500s AD, knitters in Spain and France started to produce very fine knitted silk stockings, with little tiny stitches - something like today's knee-hi stockings. Knitted silk stockings were much more comfortable and fitted better than woven stockings. They were stretchier. Soon [...]

What did people wear? The history of clothing

By |2018-04-29T12:00:53+00:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing|

History of clothing: Venus of Lespugue, ca. 25000 BC, now in the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, wearing a grass or string skirt The first clothing Clothing was very expensive in the ancient and medieval world, because without engine-powered machines it was very hard to make. So most people had very few changes of [...]