1. The cardigan was originally made to be a military jacket made of knitted wool.
  2. Researchers have developed odorless socks. The sock fabric is made by attaching molecules that contain chlorine called halamines to textile fibers.
  3. What Makes an Item Vintage? A clothing item is considered vintage if it dates from 1920 to 1960. After that date, an item is considered to be retro, not vintage.
  4. Perfume is an over $10 million dollar industry. It’s been used as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, who used it in religious rituals.
  5. It’s only quite recently, about 200 years, that children have had clothes distinct from those of adults. Earlier, they just wore smaller sizes.
  6. In the Middle Ages, clothing or cloth could be used to pay taxes.
  7. Medieval clothing was cut geometrically to avoid wasted fabric, the patterns were made up of triangles and rectangles.
  8. Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousands years. Anyone found trying to smuggle silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country was immediately put to death.
  9. Some silkworms can spin cocoons that contain more than two miles of silk.
  10. Levis Strauss made working pants out of denim for people during the California gold rush. Levis Strauss is now the world’s largest producer of jeans.
  11. The oldest pair of Levi’s jeans still around were made around the 1890′s and are on display Strauss & Co. Archives in San Francisco.
  12. Annually 7 million tons of textiles and clothing is thrown out. Out of this, only 12% is used again or recycled.
  13. Contrary to popular belief, medieval clothing wasn’t all browns and dirty/old looking. They were quite fond of bright colors.
  14. The most expensive shoes in the world are ruby slippers located in Harrods in London, which cost $1.6 million, has a full time security guard. The shoes are made from platinum thread and has 642 rubies in them. It took over 700 hours to produce the shoe.
  15. Men were the first to wear jewelry as a status symbol

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