Clothing in history
, showing (from top) Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and 13th through 15th century Europeans.
Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel and attire) is a collective term for items worn on the body. Clothing is typically made of fabrics or textiles but over time has included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on gender, body type, social, and geographic considerations.
Clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements, rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, insect bites, splinters, thorns and prickles by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and they can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. Clothing also provides protection from ultraviolet radiation.
John Henry Dearle
or J. H. Dearle
) was a British textile
and stained glass designer
trained by Pre-Raphaelite
artist and craftsman William Morris
. Dearle designed many of the later wallpapers
and textiles released by Morris & Co.
, and contributed background and foliage patterns to tapestry
designs featuring figures by Edward Burne-Jones
and others. Beginning in his teens as a shop assistant and then design apprentice, Dearle rose to become Morris & Co.'s chief designer by 1890, creating designs for tapestries, embroidery
, wallpapers, woven and printed textiles, stained glass, and carpets. Following Morris's death in 1896, Dearle was appointed Art Director of the firm, and became its principal stained glass designer on the death of Burne-Jones in 1898.
Did you know...
(from Old English hænep
, see cannabis (etymology)
) is the common name for plants of the entire family of Cannabis
, although the term is often used to refer only to Cannabis
strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use. Hemp is cultivated virtually everywhere in the world except for the United States
, and its cultivation in western countries is growing steadily. For example, Canadian Hempseed exports surged 300% last year, according to VoteHemp. China
, and other eastern countries, never prohibited its cultivation and use it extensively. Industrial hemp has thousands of potential uses, from paper
to biodegradable plastics to health food to fuel
but it has not been the great commercial success that the enthusiast hoped for in countries where it is legal to harvest. It is one of the fastest growing biomasses on the planet, and one of the earliest domesticated plants known. It also runs parallel with the "Green Future" objectives that are becoming increasingly popular. Hemp requires little to no pesticides
, replenishes soil with nutrients
, controls erosion
of the topsoil, and produces lots of oxygen, considering how fast it grows.
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