Clothing in General

The Globe

Early farmers around the world converged in finding, through domestication and agriculture, four key ingredients to the village-farming way of life: they all found (1) a source for textiles, (2) a productive, high carbohydrate, main crop plant, (3) an edible oil for cooking, and (4) a reliable source of animal protein. The initial northern Chinese solutions to these problems were hemp for textiles...(Patterns in Prehistory)

Several things are clear. First, that an African diploid cotton crossed with a wild New World cotton several thousand years ago to form the New World tetraploid cottons. Second, that seeds of the African diplold cotton could not have drifted by themselves across the ocean but had to come to the New World in the hands of African man. Third, that African man, bearing cottons, made the drift journey to the Americas in the fourth millennium BC. (They Came Before Columbus)

'There is probably no stronger evidence of the presence of the Phoenician in the New World than can be drawn from the use of dyes (espesially puprua).' (Gateway to Atlantis

Like so much found on the isolated American continent, cotton from the ancient world can only have been introduced to the Americas through transoceanic contact, either via the Indus Valley, China and the Pacific or across the Atlantic. (Gateway to Atlantis

Africa

 

Southwest Asia

Another notable correspondence between the cultures of Mexico and Mali may be found in "the priestly cap of the Magi." This is a conical hat with a neck-flap whlch was a distinctive headgear of kings and priests in ancient Persia. It was passed on from Persia to the Arabs and perpetuated among the magicians of West Africa. It reappears in America as a crown worn by the black- bearded Quetzalcoatl. Its shape is not its only distinctive feature. It was the representation of the visible heaven, and so was painted to represent stars. (They Came Before Columbus)

Egypt

This same identification connecting the Colchian people with the Egyptian and referring specifically to their unexcelled skill in weaving runs through nearly every ancient author's work. Similarity of ancient Peruvian textiles with those of Egypt long have puzzled those who have examined both weavings. The National Archaeological Museum in Lima, particularly, has magnificent examples of textiles taken from Paracas, comparable only with the finest ever produced in Egypt. We, today, cannot duplicate that which was so expertly done here on the altiplano anciently. Both Herodotus and Strabo related that Colchian weaving stemmed from Egyptian and was done in a manner entirely unknown to the rest of the world. And so it was. (The God-Kings and the Titans)

Indus Valley

 

China

 

Europe

Montezuma wore a feathered headdress, as of course did the latter-day Red Indians. Feathers had also been a favoured type of headdress in Minoan Crete. Purple was the priestly colour both in the New World and the Old. Montezuma was carried in a litter, as were dignitaries in the Old world. Montezuma used a throne and a sceptre, as did most royal rulers from Egyptian times onwards. He wore a tiara, which was a royal fashion of the Old World. (The God-Kings and the Titans)

South America

Finally, as zoos often discover to their dismay, captive animals that are docile and healthy may nevertheless refuse to breed in cages. You yourself wouldn't want to carry out a lengthy courtship and copulate under the watchful eyes of others; many animals don't want to either. This problem of getting captive animals to breed has derailed persistent attempts to domesticate some potentially very valuable animals. For example, the finest wool in the world comes from the vicuna, a small camel species native to the Andes. But neither the Incas nor modern ranchers have ever been able to domesticate it, and wool must still be obtained by capturing wild vicunas. (The Third Chimpanzee)

This same identification connecting the Colchian people with the Egyptian and referring specifically to their unexcelled skill in weaving runs through nearly every ancient author's work. Similarity of ancient Peruvian textiles with those of Egypt long have puzzled those who have examined both weavings. The National Archaeological Museum in Lima, particularly, has magnificent examples of textiles taken from Paracas, comparable only with the finest ever produced in Egypt. We, today, cannot duplicate that which was so expertly done here on the altiplano anciently. Both Herodotus and Strabo related that Colchian weaving stemmed from Egyptian and was done in a manner entirely unknown to the rest of the world. And so it was. (The God-Kings and the Titans)

Mesoamerica

Montezuma wore a feathered headdress, as of course did the latter-day Red Indians. Feathers had also been a favoured type of headdress in Minoan Crete. Purple was the priestly colour both in the New World and the Old. Montezuma was carried in a litter, as were dignitaries in the Old world. Montezuma used a throne and a sceptre, as did most royal rulers from Egyptian times onwards. He wore a tiara, which was a royal fashion of the Old World. (The God-Kings and the Titans)

North America

Among the artifacts buried with the giant from the Great Smith Mound were six heavy copper bracelets on each wrist, and a copper gorget was found on the chest. At the nearby Criel Mound, a central burial was found with the remnants of a copper crown or headband, possibly the remains of an antler headdress (also a trait of the Hopewell Tradition). (The God-Kings and the Titans)

Near the Nevada-California-Arizona border area, 32 caves within a 180-square-mile area were discovered to hold the remains of ancient, strangely costumed 8-9 foot giants. They had been laid to rest wearing the skins of unknown animals similar to sheep- skins fashioned into jackets with pants described as "prehistoric Zoot- suits." (The Giants Who Ruled America)

At the depth of 14 feet, near the center of the mound, they exhumed the massive skeleton of a man encased in copper armor. The head was covered in an oval-shaped copper cap, the jaws had copper mouldings, the arms were dressed in copper, while copper plates covered the chest and stomach and on each side of the head, on protruding sticks were wooden antlers ornamented with copper. The mouth was stuffed with genuine pearls of immense size, but much decayed. Around the neck was a necklace of bear's teeth set with pearls. At the side of the male skeleton was also found a female skeleton... (The Giants Who Ruled America)

There is also in the rooms of the society a piece of woven cloth taken from one of the mounds, in this case found lying close to a skeleton that occupied almost the center and bottom of the mound (so that it must have been placed there with the corpse) that in texture is almost identical with cloth found among the ruins of ancient Babylon and Assyria and the farther east. (The Giants Who Ruled America)

The original find in l940 of two amazingly well-preserved mummies was made by Sydney and Georgia Wheeler, a husband and wife archaeological team working for the Nevada State Parks division, who were commissioned to study the archaeological effects that guano mining was having on any possible historical remains to be found in the arid caves scattered across the Nevada wastelands.  The site was appropriately called Spirit Cave, and it is located thirteen miles east of Fallon, Nevada. In order to find the mummies and the sixty-seven related artifacts associated with the burial, the Wheelers had to dig through several feet of guano droppings that covered the base of the cave and preserved what lay underneath. The two human mummies were experrly wrapped in a highly sophisticated weaving made of tule matting that exhibited extremely fine knotting and hand weaving not thought to exist until thousands of years later. Because the mummies were sealed in bat guano the weavings are extremely well preserved, and they are arguably the greatest evidence of ancient weaving in the world. The male mummy was in berter condition and was found lying on a fur blanket, dressed in a twisted skin robe with leather moccasins on its feet and a twined mat sewn around its head and shoulders. A similar mat was wrapped around the lower portion of the body and bound under the feet. Skin remained on the back and shoulders as well as a small tuft of straight dark hair, which changed to reddish-brown when exposed to light and air. The age of the mummy was estimated at forty-five years and its height well in excess of six feet. (The Giants Who Ruled America)

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