Georgia believed to be place where first clothing was invented
10 October, 2016
Georgia believed to be place where first clothing was invented
Archeologists and researches suggest that the first clothing was created in Georgia. In one of the caves located in Georgia named Dzudzuana cave, archeologists found the oldest colorful flax fibers on earth, which made them conclude that the earliest clothing was invented in Georgia. " The earliest dyed flax fibers have been found in a prehistoric cave in the Republic of Georgia and date back to 36,000. The first clothes, worn at least 70,000 years ago and perhaps much earlier, were probably made of animal skins and helped protect early humans from the ice ages. Then at some point people learned to weave plant fibers into textiles. But when? The answer is not certain, because cloth is rarely preserved at archaeological sites.Now discoveries at a cave in the Republic of Georgia, reported on page 1359 of this week's issue of Science, suggest that this skill was acquired more than 30,000 years ago", - American weekly magazine Science reports in its 2009 issue.

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An outside view of the Dzudzuana cave, where archaeologists discovered the fibers.
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“Archaeologists digging in a cave in the Eurasian country of Georgia have come across the world's oldest textiles: flax fibers that date back 30,000 years or more. The find suggests that string isn't as humble as it seems. It may have helped our ancestors survive the last ice age. A more than 30,000-year-old dyed flax fiber found
in Georgia. It's likely that early humans used plants in the area to color the fibers. To get a picture of life back then, scientists look at pollen from caves to figure out what plants were around when the people were. Ofer Bar-Yosef, a Harvard archaeologist, says a colleague of his studied some cave pollen under a microscope."Her major discovery was that many of these pollen chambers actually contain fibers of flax," he says”, - The article at National Public Radio, American media organization, reads.
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A more than 30,000-year-old dyed flax fiber found in Georgia. It's likely that early humans used plants in the area to color the fibers.
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In addition, many historians and researches believe that Argonauts who came to Colchis (an ancient Georgian kingdom and region on the coast of the Black Sea, present-day western Georgia ) in quest to find the Golden Fleece, in reality came to Georgia to acquire the secret technique of processing flax.

It is difficult to say with certainty whether Georgians were the first who started making clothes using fiber, yet the findings suggest that the dyed fiber found on Georgia’s territory is the oldest evidence so far.

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