Origin of Costumes

From time immemorial, human being used animal hides, leaves grass and feathers to keep warm. These were the prototypes for the original clothes. Dating back 10,000 B.C., people entered into the Neolithic Age. Chinese ancestors gradually acquired textile technology ushering in a civilized society where people had a real sense of “clothes”.

Linen, ko-hemp, silk, and wool were the main clothing materials at that time. In the ruins of 6000 years old Yangshao culture, ten warps and ten welts woven coarse sacking was found on each square centimeter. In ruins of 4000 years old Liangzhu culture, twenty to thirty warps and wefts woven cloth was found on each square centimeter.

In addition, archaeologists found fragments of silks in ruins of Liangzhu culture. Although these silk relics were slightly carbonized, they stull retained good elasticity. Its density reached 48 silk threads warps and welts on each square centimeter. It showed that Chinese people had mastered the skill of raising silk worms, processing the silk and silk weaving technology. The invention of textile technology opened a new page for the development of the splendid Chinese clothing culture.

Primitive people invented and made clothes. They even added a number of ornamental accessories to beautify the clothes. For example, the Upper Cave Man already knew how to use bored animal teeth and stones as ornaments. Bone beads, animal teeth, mussel shells hairpins and other hair accessories were discovered in the ruins of Yangshao culture.

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