Oldest extant clothing…

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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2 Responses to Oldest extant clothing…

  1. Katie says:

    Umm… those socks aren’t knit, their made through a completely different process called NÃ¥lebinding, V&A link: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O107787/pair-of-socks-unknown/ . Knitting came much later, with extant socks from the 11th or 12thcentury AD, but, given their complexity, it is safe to assume that knitting was invented earlier.
    Super common mistake.

    • Jonathan says:

      I have seen it referred to as single needle knitting — the effect certainly looks the same! Thanks for additional info.

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