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4 08, 2017

Machine-made clothing – Europe 1600s-1800s

By |2018-04-08T11:14:14-07:00August 4th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

Knitting history – Stocking frames and Luddites

By |2018-11-20T12:50:23-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing, Modern Europe|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 06, 2017

What did people wear? The history of clothing

By |2018-04-29T12:00:53-07:00June 8th, 2017|Clothing|0 Comments

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 [...]