In today’s world everyone wears clothing. Anthropologists estimate humans started wearing some form of clothing between 100,000 and 500,000 years ago. This is a long history of placing something over our bodies to hide our nakedness.
The first clothing was made from animal skins, animal furs, grasses, leaves, bones or shells. Different people throughout the world created different coverings depending on their surroundings. They would look around and use what they found to create some form of clothing. The bible teaches that Adam and Eve made “coats of skins” after leaving the Garden of Eden. As ancient man used animals for food they also used their skins to provide warmth and comfort.
Anciently clothing was often draped or tied. People learned how to make wonderful draping garments. It was woven as a circle from the beginning and you draped it over you to stay clothed and warm or cool. Many people around the equator wore clothing to protect their bodies from the head of the sun. It was not just people in cold climates that used clothing.
After needles were discovered people could sew arm portions to the body of the garment and have more form fitting and much more functional clothing. Weaving itself was a major change and then humankind discovered the sewing machine.
We still wear clothing that is made from animal skins, animal furs, grasses, leaves, bones or shells, but natural and synthetic threaded garments are by far the norm and often these ancient materials are used as creative add-ons to the garment. They are now the baubles added to make it look beautiful or different.
Today, each of us no longer has only one or two sets of clothing, painstakingly put together by our own family. We now purchase clothing that is inexpensive and durable. Each of us often has hundreds of different garments we wear. The evolution of clothing from “you kill it, you wear it”, to today’s inexpensively mass produced clothing industry is impressive and we as a world have embraced this change with open, welcoming arms.