The Origin of Clothing

Humans in the past protected their bodies using only animal hair, animal skins, leaves, or tied grass. Now everyone protects his body with pieces of cloth sewn with thread. There are various models. 

We also no longer make clothing as a protector, but as a lifestyle necessity that shows social status and class, even ethnic and religious identity.

Clothing production which initially took a long time to become a mass industry. No wonder the clothing industry is getting out of control every day because of the human desire to have lots of clothes with many styles.


Woven or knitted or yarn is a textile which later becomes cloth, the maker of clothes. Fabrics can be used after a long process of cutting, soaking, dyeing, drying, and so on. 

In 5,000 BC world civilizations began to use fabrics, including for clothing, which were derived from natural fibers. The Egyptian and Indian civilizations introduced straw and cotton which were made from plant fibers. There is also wool that comes from animal hair, such as cows and sheep. Meanwhile, in China there is silk made from silkworm fibers. 

Entering the modern era and the development of human knowledge, cloth in the 29th century can then be made from mineral or synthetic fibers. So, now we can see a variety of colors, patterns, thickness, or temperature of the fabric. The types of fabrics that we know today for making clothes include rayon, acetate, nylon, acrylic, polyester, and spandex. 


Usually formal wear is identical to the collar. It is believed that the collar is a development of the ruffle, which is a fold of cloth or ribbon at the neck of the garment. Since the 16th century the collar is known to have an upright, folded shape, and in its development there are also collars with other shapes.


In the 17th to 18th centuries, Europeans initially used pockets as separate small pockets or bags that hung on the clothes or trousers. Now, the pocket is an integral part of clothes or pants with a shape that generally resembles an envelope. It sits inside or outside of clothing and serves as a pocket or simply as a decoration. 


The oldest evidence of the use of buttons by humans comes from the Indus Valley civilization 2000 BC. The buttons are made of seashells that are punched and sewn into the clothes. In addition to the Indus Valley, buttons have also been used by ancient Chinese and Roman civilizations.

Buttons began to function as part of clothing in the 13th century in Germany, then became an industry whose largest center was in the city of Birmingham, England. Buttons are now used in clothing, as well as decoration. Even buttons become one of the objects of art that come from various materials, drawn or carved. 


The zipper is a lock on clothes that has been around since the 19th century. Elias how in 1851 had actually obtained a patent for one of these clothing technologies, but he did not develop it.

At first the zipper was big and thick. It was not until 1913 that Gideon Sunback perfected the zipper. Buttons then continued to develop to form the modern zipper that we now know. These modern zippers can be found in thin or thick design, made of metal or plastic. Not only applied to clothes, pants, or jackets, now zippers are also found in bags, wallets, and others.


The belt is one of the accessories in the dress. It can also function as a fastener for loose pants. in the bronze age belts are believed to have been used by humans. Usually, belts are made of leather , thick cloth, or metal, for example shaped like a chain. Since the 1900s, belts were applied to blouses.