Sewing has been a part of human life early periods. Like everything else, it has evolved in a lot of ways during this long time period. This history is nothing dramatic, but knowing about the roots always brings out a new level of appreciation to everything.
We have proof of sewing in the palaeolithic era. So from there, it was a long journey till today. So let us dive into that long history.
Origins of Sewing
The beginning of sewing is said to be in the palaeolithic era. Back then animal hides were sewed together to make a shelter. It was during the same period Africans sewed leaves together to make baskets. Sewing of cloths came much later in the Neolithic era. This was after cloths began to be waved from natural fibres.
During the 19th century, sewing became a part of life. It was mostly a women’s job and clothing was still a luxury.
From the middle ages to 17th-century decorative sewing was a sought-after skill. Young women who practised this made quite a lot of money. These embroidery works are valued around the world. These works are said to have spread from China to the rest of the world through the silk route.
Industrial revolution and sewing
The industrial revolution brought dramatic changes to sewing. Till then sewing was much a household thing, but the industrial revolution moved it from houses to mills. everything began to change when the first sewing machine was patented by Thomas Saint in 1790. it was only in 1850 a machine that can surpass the accuracy and speed of a tailor sewing by hand was developed. First such machine was developed by Issac singer.
During this period most clothes were in low-class families were sewn by female members of the family. But middle-class families began to move towards mills during this period.
Tailors become associated with higher end families and sewing machines were yet to become a common item in households. But this was when people began using sewing patterns.
The 20th century and today
Sewing underwent a lot more changes during the 20th century A lot more versions of the sewing machines were introduced and a lot of them were actually affordable for the working class. This lead to an increased demand for sewing patterns. The widespread popularity of women’s magazines also helped in increasing this demand.
As the western world of sewing revolutionized all other world following. The repercussions of the revolutions were felt throughout the world. All of the world from Africa to Asia moved to the new sewing methods pretty fast.
A lot of other changes happened during the industrial revolution. Synthetic fibres were made for the first time and changed the textile industry as a whole. Towards the end of the industrial revolution, a lot of textile industry in the west was shut down and moved to less expensive developing countries. Till today these industries thrive in the developing nations. People engage in sewing individually or as a part of a small scale industry as the part of their lively hood. Small-scale sewing is said to be the backbone of economies of a lot of developing nations. And sewing patterns are being sold to all of these people around the world.