From the archives: Old cloth

The oldest surviving carpet, the oldest surviving shoe, prehistoric proto-knitting, and the earliest evidence of clothing.

The Sage, Sons & Co. Lithographer [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The oldest surviving carpet was encased in permafrost for two and a half millennia.


Shoe
Pinhasi R, Gasparian B, Areshian G, Zardaryan D, Smith A, et al. (authors of source article) [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

The oldest surviving shoe in the world is around four thousand years older than the oldest surviving sock.


Those socks look fairly new, but they are more than fifteen hundred years old. And they look knitted, but they predate knitting; they were nålebound instead.


Venus of Lespugue
Vassil / CC0

When did humans start wearing clothes? Our best evidence relies on ancient art, needles, and lice genetics.

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