The oldest pants in the world were made like jeans


Riders and shepherds buried their loved ones in northeast China with their clothes thousands of years ago.

They lived in the Yanghai area. In one of the graves in the area, a 2014 mummified man was found with tattered pants on his leg.

He was probably a warrior, because a battle ax, for example, had been placed in the grave.

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The pants were of more interest to scientists than the ax. The radiocarbon timing revealed the pants to be the oldest trouser-like garment known to mankind so far. The pants range in age from 3,200 to 3,300 years.

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Archaeologists, clothing fashion scientists, historians, chemists and conservators have studied these pants further over the years.

The trousers combine many weaving techniques and decorative patterns. The decorators had been influenced by them from all over Eurasia.

The influences came to China, for example, with nomads and merchants. The pants thus also tell the story of how textile-related inventions spread in Asia.

Later, the routes created a network of roads and routes in Central Asia, which became known as the Silk Road or Silk.

The same textile manufacturing techniques are still used for example, in jeans.

The researchers report their findings tiedejulkaisussa Archaeological Research in Asia.

Scientists call the trousers Turfan’s man’s trousers because the scene is about 43 miles southeast of Turfan’s town.

At that time, women and men generally wore mainly cloaks and skirts. Researchers believe that double-legged pants were especially needed for riding.

If you rode a horse without a saddle in the suit of a Turfan man, your legs and pants were pressed tightly around the horse. So the pants might have served their purpose when riding long distances or having to go to war.

Scientists believe the pants were made to the knight’s measurements.

Researcher at the German Archaeological Institute Mayke Wagnerin and colleagues say the most widely used weaving technique in trousers is dossier. The twill weave is one of the basic weaves of woven fabrics. An oblique line forms on the surface of the fabric, which makes the fabric durable.

Today, jeans are still made with elastic band bindings.

Trouser makers wore knee braces as well tapestry. It was used to produce a thicker fabric from wool to the knee bends.

A method that produced a denser fabric was also used for the waistband.

The different traditions of weaving from different times are combined in these pants, says Wagner.

As shepherds in China moved in different areas according to the seasons, they inevitably saw different techniques in the manufacture of clothing as well.

“The eastern parts of Central Asia were like a laboratory. There, people, plants, animals, knowledge and experiences from different directions came, went and changed, ”says Wagner In Science News.


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