13 Oldest Pieces of Clothing and Accessories Ever Found

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It is not known when humans first began making clothing due to the fast deterioration of fabrics and materials, but genetic analysis estimates that humans began wearing clothing 170 millennia ago!

According to archaeological finds possible sewing needles have been dated to around 40,000 years ago and the earliest dyed fibres date back to 36,000 BC.

Here’s a list of the oldest surviving clothes and accessories.

1. Oldest Condom (370 years old)

This reusable condom, made of pigs intestine, was used in 1640 in Lund, Sweden. It came with instructions (in Latin) to clean it with warm milk to prevent users from catching STDs.

2. Oldest Bra (500 years old)

The bra pictured above was used in Austria sometime between the years 1390 and 1485.

Totally for lined bras, decorated with lace, were found under the floorboards of the Austrian Lemberg castle in 2008.

Until now, the earliest bras found dated back to the 1800s.

3. Oldest Socks (1,500 years old)

Made of wool, these Romano-Egyptian socks were designed to go with sandals. This pair was knitted between 300 and 499 AD and found in a burial ground in an ancient Greece colony in central Egypt the 19th century.

4. Oldest Sweater (1,700 years)

The world’s oldest sweater , found on a Norweigan glacier in 2013 was made of lamb and sheep wool woven into a diamond twill fabric.

5. Oldest sunglasses. (2,000 years old)

The oldest snow goggles ever found were made of bone leather or wood and date back 2000 years to a culture known as Old Bering Sea, who lived around the west coast of Alaska and were the ancestors of the modern Inuit.

The above pictured snow goggles, discovered some 800 years ago on Canada’s Baffin Island, were designed to protect the eyes from snow-blindness caused by the bright spring sunlight.

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