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)

Africa

 

Southwest Asia

 

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)

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