Oldest known pair of pants

Do you ever wonder what the first pair of pants looked like?

Recently, the world’s first known pair of pants were excavated from tombs in western China, preserved by a dry climate and hot summers.

World's oldest pair of pants

Made out of wool, the trousers feature straight fitting legs and a wide crotch resembling modern riding pants which, suggests that they were invented for horse riding.

Theory suggests that horseback riding began at least 3,400 and could possibly date even 4,000 years ago, hence making this pair of pants at least 3,300 to 3,000 years old considering the other objects found at the same location.

Looking at the pair of pants, even back in the day the people were interested in both style and function.  This pair of pants had decorative stripes, zigzags, and a meander were woven into the cloth.

No cutting was involved; he or she loomed the wool in three pieces—one piece for each straight leg and a roomy insert for the crotch.  Pant sections were shaped on a loom in the final size that were stitched together with thread that matched the yarn, suggesting that one tailor worked on the pants or if it were two tailors then they closely worked together on the pair of pants.
Finished pants included side slits, strings for fastening at the waist and woven designs on the legs.

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2 responses to “Oldest known pair of pants

  1. The geometric patterns on those pants look stunning! It is very interesting that the shape and structure of those designs look so similar to the patterns found on prehistoric Japanese pottery vessels. Absolutely beautiful pants! Loved this blog post! :)

    • Thank you for mentioning that. They most definitely do resemble each other.

      There are a lot of zig zags, stripes and geometric swirl motifs that they shared in common with the middle to late Jomon period which itself lasted a long time, hence it would not be a surprise in terms of the decoration details.

      Will be interesting to read up more on other art forms as they all correlate.

      Thanks again for pointing that out.

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