Historical Evolutions of the Clothing Design Jobs – A Framework of Modern Fabric Designer Jobs

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Clothing design jobs were already existed in the past. Archaeologists have found traces on clothing fossils from early periods even before the Stone Age. However, a number of them were gone. Part of this, may be because of the fragility of the garments and did not survive the weathering of the centuries, even if they were buried. It was discovered that even the prehistoric people did not only haunt animals for food, but were already mad on animal clothing for warmth shelter and covering purposes on their bodies.

The earlier clothing, though not actually designed to fit, they just  tied or wrapped it around their bodies. Toward the end of the Stone Age (about 10,000 years ago) the first sewn clothing was made. In the southern regions, needles were made from carved bone. The thin needles were believed to have been used for stitching garments and weaving. In the northern regions of Europe, the tribes used leather straps to sew together skins. Holes were made in the garment and a hook was used to pull the leather thong through the skins.

Moreover, from pottery and wall paintings, archaeologists have already found some clues on the clothing design job from the ancient Egyptians. Material was woven from spun thread. Spinning thread was done on a spindle. The spindle is a long smooth stick with a notch at one end for catching the thread or yarn. Spinning the spindle against a bowl, called a whorl, produced a fairly even, continuous fiber. Weaving was the process used to form a fabric from the fibers. Weaving had been done to grass earlier by the Egyptians and other tropical people. Baskets, mats, and some clothing had been made by weaving and drying thin or thick grass blades or leaves.

As part of the  earliest designer careers in Egypt, the first clothing worn by men was a band around the waist. This narrow piece of fabric was primarily decorative, with pendants and religious objects hanging from the band. The first clothing worn by Egyptian women were white linen skirts worn down to the ankles. The type of clothing worn in a certain location was often influenced by the climate. In warmer climates, both men and women tended to wear dresses and other loose-fitting apparel that did not wrap around the leg. Those in colder climates were more likely to wear pants. Religious customs also influenced the type of apparel worn. For example, in the 12th century when the Muslims conquered north and central India, dramatic changes were made in the dress code so as to conform with Muslim practice. Up until the conquest, the warm climate had dictated that dress styles leave some of the body uncovered. But the Muslim practice of covering as much of the body as possible led to a change. Men began to wear wide trousers and long-sleeved coats that reached to the knees or below. Women wore long trousers, a long shirt-like garment, and an outer jacket.

In the Americas around 700 A.D, Indian tribes were also notable on their artworks and career designs. In fact, they were weaving spun cotton threads into material for clothing. Cloth dyes were made from berries, ores such as iron, and plants such as the indigo. Patterns could be woven into the material or painted on the material. Weaving a pattern into the material was complicated. It can be noted that Chinese had begun to weave complex patterns with silk threads between 2500 and 1000 B.C. While the Persians imported Chinese silk during these centuries and developed a lucrative trade in silk brocade and fabrics.

The designer employment in clothing with arts and creativity already evolved into a more sophisticated but more efficient methods to produce an output. In fact, the spinning wheel increased the speed at which thread and yarns could be produced. In use by the 12th century, the origin of the spinning wheel is unknown. About the same time the two-bar loom was invented, increasing the speed at which the threads could be woven. For the next few centuries, design jobs and  the art of fabric making had increased in beauty and clothes became much more widely available. The next wave of inventions to assist fabric makers in their art came during the 18th century. The spinning jenny, a machine that spun more than one thread at a time, was invented by James Hardgreaves around 1764. The water frame cotton spinning machine invented by Richard Arkwright made hard twisted thread from cotton instead of linen, the fiber used until then for the threads that ran the length of the fabric. Eventually,  in 1785, Edmund Cartwright developed a power loom that ran on steam. He opened a factory in England that used the machine for rapid production of fabric. Later, Eli Whitney, an American inventor, developed the cotton gin in 1793. The cotton gin reduced the time and number of people required to clean the seeds from cotton. Truly, the historical evolution of the early clothing design jobs became the foundational framework of today's modern fabric designer jobs.
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