An “Overall” Look at Clothing


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3000 B.C.
Cotton is woven in the Indus Valley, Asia.
1600
Shoes (like moccasins) are made by the Babylonians.
1500
Silk is woven by the Chinese.
1200
Linen is made from flax by the Egyptians.
1100
Assyrian soldiers fashion the first boots.
200 A.D.
Romans make different shoes for left and right feet.
1200
Buttons are used in Europe.
1580
Pockets are sewn in men's trousers in Europe.
1823
Waterproof cloth is invented by Mackintosh, a Scotsman.
1849
The safety pin is invented by Walter Hunt, an American.
1851
The home sewing machine is patented by Isaac Singer, an American.
1873
Jeans are made by Levi Straus, an American.
1893
The zipper, first used to fasten shoes, is patented by the American Whitcomb Judson.
1910
Asian pajamas replace nightshirts in Europe.
1917
Keds produces the tennis shoe.
1927
Synthetic fibers are made by combining coal and petroleum.
1930
American women wear trousers for golf and horseback riding.
1935
Polyurethane is developed and used for stretch cloth.
1940
Nylon stockings are sold in America.
1942
Polyester fabric is marketed in America.
1957
Velcro is patented by George de Mestral of Switzerland.
1975
Calvin Klein begins the “designer” jeans era.

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