Socks are worn on the feet for an intention of protection or embellishment. A variety of socks nourish our bored life. But you couldn’t imagine how socks were like in the ancient time and how they went through the changes from century to century. Now, let’s explore what secrets behind socks.
THE EARLIEST KNOWN SURVIVING SOCKS EXCAVATED FROM OXYRHYNCHUS ON THE NILE IN EGYPT. (300-500 AD)
As an indispensable part of clothing, socks were first induced in the Ancient Greek since 8th Century BC. The animal skins gathered up and wrapped in the feet. In the Time of Crusades, socks were a symbol of wealth and nobility, women were out of sock world.
FIRST KNITTING MACHINE INVENTED IN 1589
And in 1589, William Lee, an English clergyman, invented the first stocking machine for stockings. But dramatically, he was refused by Queen Elizabeth I for obtaining a patent. After that, knitted hose became more common in Europe.
ARGYLE SOCKS IN WEDDING
After the First World War, Argyle patterns became popular in Great Britain and then the USA. Basic argyle socks were made with diamond motifs and lead a fashion for men in the Roaring Twenties.
THIGH HIGH NYLON STOCKINGS
With the wide application of nylon materials in 20th Century, the thigh high nylon tights sold with a high record in the US in 1940. At the same period, socks underwent a fast-growing stage in the world.
A DANCER WEARS LEG WARMERS
In the 1980s, dancers wore leg warmers to keep their muscles warm and avoid cramping after stretching. These footless sock-like warmers became a trend in that time among girls.
TABI BOOTS IN THE STREET IN TOKYO, JAPAN
An interesting style is traditional Japanese socks called tabi. With a separation of the big toe and other toes, that ankle-high tabi are worn with traditional thonged footwear. Today, tabi socks extend a stylish footwear in modern fashion.
A SOCK FACTORY IN DATANG, CHINA
Datong is known as Sock City, a township-level district of the city of Zhuji in China. According to Wikipedia, The town now produces 8 billion pairs of socks each year, a third of the world's sock production, effectively creating two pairs of socks for every person on the planet on 2011.