Fact File: Who invented Clothes? Invention: Clothes *** Date of Invention: c.10,000 BC *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Neolithic Period (10,200 - 3000 BC) *** Category: Clothing and Apparel *** The Invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Clothes? The name of the inventor of
Clothes are unknown but it is believed to have been invented in c.10,000 BC during the Neolithic Period
of inventions (10,200 - 3000 BC).
Fact 2: Who invented Clothes?
The earliest forms of clothing were simply draped around the body and
occasionally fastened with pieces of bone. The natural resources and materials
available in specific regions were used to make clothes from animal and plant
Fact 3: Who invented Clothes? Clothing became more
sophisticated when sewing needles of bone were invented. Evidence of early
sewing needles, dating back to 30,000 BC have been found Kostenki, Russia.
Clothes were stitched together with sinew, the tough, fibrous tissue that unites
muscle to bone.
Fact 4: Who invented Clothes? The animal products
used to make clothing included the fur and skin of animals and even pelts of
birds. Various methods of tanning the skins were developed to make soft leather
enabling different designs and styles of clothing to be invented.
Fact 5: Who invented
Clothes? To soften the leather required for clothing the fur was first
removed and various processes were applied such as scraping, smoking, softening,
stretching to achieve soft, pliable leather. The leather was smoked to seal the
fibers of the hide. The wood used during the smoking process determined the
color of the leather.
Fact 6: Who invented Clothes? The leather was used to create various styles
of clothing and as time passed it was discovered that natural resources could be
used in order to make different colored dyes and pigments. Paints, dyes and
pigments were dried and stored as a powder. The powders were mixed with liquids
such as urine, egg yolks and animal fat to act as binders.
Fact 7: Who invented Clothes? Red clays, berries, roots and barks
produced red coloring. Kaolin clays, ground gypsum, limestone and shells
produced white colorings. Black was made using charcoal and dark barks. Yellow,
green and blue coloring could be obtained from flowers, berries, barks, seeds,
plants, moss or algae.
Fact 8: Who invented Clothes? The plant products used to make clothing
were grasses or the bark of trees that were shredded to make fibers.
Fact 9: Who invented Clothes? Approximately 12,000 years ago the process
of weaving was discovered. Neolithic people had learnt to interlace twigs and
small branches to create baskets and shelters and the process of weaving
Fact 10: Who invented Clothes? Spinning describes the process of drawing
out and then twisting plant or animal fibers to form yarn (a continuous strand
or thread). Weaving developed by interlinking a set of vertical threads with a
set of horizontal threads to produce cloth.
Fact 11: Who invented Clothes? For thousands of years, fiber was spun by
hand using simple tools, the spindle and the distaff. The spindle was a stick
that had a notch in the top which was used to draw out natural fibres for
spinning into thread. The distaff was the rod on which flax was wound prior to
Fact 11: Who invented Clothes? The first primitive loom was invented for
weaving yarn into a textile. It developed from using a branch of a tree to hang
the warp (vertical threads) that were weighted down with rocks or other heavy
items. A wooden frame was then used for this process and the loom was invented.
Fact 12: Who invented Clothes? The invention of Silk was made by the
Ancient Chinese c.4000 BC using the fiber produced by silkworms which was woven
into a very beautiful, soft and smooth fabric known as silk.
Fact 13: Who invented Clothes? c. 5000 BC the Ancient Egyptians
discovered that linen could be made from the fibers of the flax plant. Flax
fibres are among the longest and strongest of all natural fibres used by man and
the Egyptians spun the flax fibers by using the spindle, the distaff and the
loom. The Ancient Egyptians also invented the earliest form of spinning
apparatus, known as the drop spindle.
Fact 14: Who invented Clothes? The Babylonians of the land known as
Mesopotamia were the first civilization to use sheep for their wool, rather than
for food. Sheep were bred to produce superior fleeces and by the European
Medieval period wool was used to make the majority of clothes for the peasants.
Different wool weaving techniques were developed providing a vast variety of
Fact 15: Who invented Clothes? The spinning wheel, a machine used to turn
fiber into thread or yarn, was invented in India c.600AD and its use quickly
spread to Europe. The spinning wheel replaced the earlier method of hand
spinning with a spindle resulting in the increased production of cloth and
Fact 16: Who invented Clothes? Spinning machinery, such as the
Spinning Jenny invented by James Hargreaves in
1764, displaced the spinning wheel during the Industrial Revolution. Another
important invention was the ﬂying shuttle loom that was invented by John Kay in
Fact 17: Who invented Clothes? The invention of the
Cotton Gin by Eli Whitney in 1793 automated the
seed separation process and made cotton production more profitable and cotton
New cotton spinning machinery
was introduced into America in 1798 by
Fact 18: Who invented Clothes? The American inventor Elias Howe (1819 -
1867) revolutionized the clothes industry when he invented the world's first
practical Sewing Machine in 1846.
Fact 19: Who invented Clothes? Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss casual, hard
wearing denim trousers called "Jeans" in 1873 which are still one of the most
popular types of clothes worn in the modern day.
Fact 20: Who invented Clothes? The care of clothes was made much easier
when with the invention of the Electric Iron in 1882 by
the American inventor Henry W. Seeley The invention of
followed in 1892 by the
African-American inventor Sarah Boone.
Fact 21: Who invented Clothes? Caresse Crosby (1891 - 1970) released
women from wearing uncomfortable whalebone corsets when she invented the
Bra in 1913.
Fact 22: Who invented Clothes? The invention of the
Zipper by Gideon Sundback (1880 - 1954) in 1913 made it quick and easy to
fasten clothes. Prior to his invention clothes fasteners consisted of bone
needles, buttons, laces, ties, leather girdles or belts and hooks. The next
clothes fastener was George de Mestral who invented Velcro
Fact 23: Who invented Clothes? The history of clothes changed from
practical essentials to fashionable items of apparel. Some of the most notable
fashion designers include Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Cecil
Beaton, Christian Dior, Guccio Gucci, Pierre Cardin, Mary Quant, Ralph Lauren,
Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace and Donna Karan