The Complex History of Where Your Clothes Come From
Certain textiles have become so woven into our daily lives that we often don’t know their origin.
The cotton in your t-shirt or socks has a deep history, and you may not have known that it took enslaved people an entire day to pick a pound of cotton. If you’ve wondered how sneakers got their name, you’d never imagine the need for quiet shoes before these rubber based pairs hit the streets. The invention, manufacturing and success of rubber and cotton in America are woven into the cultural, social, and political history of this country. These textiles were key in America’s race to become a global supplier of manufactured goods.
We’re sharing the origin of these textiles so the next time you pull together an outfit, you know exactly where it came from.
On August 26, 2020 at 6:00 am by Ann-Katherine Kimble