First we should decide on a definition of Prehistoric, to help put things in perspective.
“of, relating to, or existing in times antedating written history” – so any historical record would be articles of clothing etc… found by archeologists or images that represent their history (so not necessarily letters and words as we know them today)
To this day, scientists are still investigating and debating on exactly when people began to wear clothes (costume).
Much evidence of the prehistoric time period is based on Archaeological and Anthropologic analysis of found items. Examples include a piece of art, material remains at a dig, figurines wearing costume or textile impressions left in clay. This leaves the classification of these items to clothing historians that are experts. “The rules underlying their dating procedures demand total mastery of historic costume”.
The classification is often complex and time consuming because the following characteristics must be discriminated:
- Details in stitching
- Cut & construction methods
- Silhouette or shape
However, we know that the earliest garments were a variation of animal pelts from domesticated sheep and goats. These garments were created to protect the wearer from the elements. We also know through anthropologic research that clothing – development of fashion and attire – are features of most human societies and often dictate class (or caste) status – much like today.
Here is a quick link to what a search for prehistoric figures produces: https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=prehistoric%20figurines#
Here is a quick link to a search for prehistoric clothing: https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=prehistoric%20clothing
What are your thoughts? What have you found?
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