ORIGIN OF SEWING AND FABRIC
The beginning of sewing and fabric dates back to
the Stone Age man. The Stone Age man used animal skin as clothes to protect
them from animals and climatic changes. Early man also used grasses, reeds,
leaves, barks and stem to cover his body. When man learnt to live in one place
(near the river beds) and to cultivate crops for food, he also slowly mastered
the art of fabric mak-ing. The major fibres used were cotton, silk, linen and
wool. During the 18th century man started spinning (twisting of fibre) and hand
weaving (interlacing of yarn) to pro-duce fabrics. Only during the 20th century
men started to manufacture artificial yarns and are called as man-made yarns.
Primarily, clothing was a kind of drape in
earlier years. Clothes were also dec-orated with colour, prints and
embroideries. Today clothes are designed in computers. Digital clothes to
monitor one’s health are also available in the market.