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Clothing                  3,000 BC
Africa
Southwest Asia
Egypt
Indus Valley
China
Europe
South America
Mesoamerica
North America
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Africa

 

Southwest Asia

 

Egypt

 

Indus Valley

 A date has recently been obtained for the first cotton-growing in Mexico of 3400 BC. Cotton-growing - which is one of the more sophisticated forms of agriculture requiring an ability to clean the seed and to spin it - was conducted in the Old world first in northern India. The use of cotton for textiles was exclusively restricted at this period to India and was not extended to the Western world until two or three thousand years later. (135)

China

 

Europe

No one knows who he was or what he was doing high in the Tyrolean Alps that day some 5,300 years ago, the day he died. Researchers have identified in the clothing the skins of goat, calf, red deer and brown bear; roe deer, ibex and chamois may also be present. (78)

 

South America

 The domestication of cotton between about 4000 BC and 1200 BC provided a relatively cheap source of textiles, and cotton textiles were complemented by a highly developed weaving craft in which reeds and other grasses were woven into sandals, clothes, and many other products. Using mineral and plant-derived dyes, ancient Andeans decorated many of their textiles with a wide variety of motifs, including geometric figures and stylized people and animals. (52)

About ten miles from Lima, on a bare desert overlooking the Pacific, stand the remains of the city of Pachacamak. The city once had a population of several hundred thousand people. It was the holy city of Old Peru and it is quite probable that the supreme culture-bringer lies buried there. It is a Peruvian city of the greatest antiquity. Of the vast amounts of goods excavated from its graves and rubble is a tapestry, whose symbols are substantially the Hittite script.The Peruvians used the batik and itka methods of dyeing cloth. These dyeing techniques and the colour significance were used in the Mediterranean area of that period. (135)

Mesoamerica

 A date has recently been obtained for the first cotton-growing in Mexico of 3400 BC. Cotton-growing - which is one of the more sophisticated forms of agriculture requiring an ability to clean the seed and to spin it - was conducted in the Old world first in northern India. (135)

North America

 Between 9,000 and 2,500 years ago Desert West cultures worked out a marvelous array of subsistence technologies and strategies, and the aridity of the environment has preserved artifacts so well that we can reconstruct their way of life in considerable detail. Scraps of fur clothing have been found, as well as moccasins and woven sandals.(26)

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