why do we need to wear clothes
Bet you never thought about that, aye? Clothes are something we take extremely for granted: From the moment weвre born, weвre covered in layers of fabric, and everyone around us is dressed most of the time. We have casual clothes, and formal clothes, and fashion statements в clothes are just a normal part of everyday life. You know, like democracy, cooked food and philosophy, right? Wellв Back in our speciesв earliest days, we didnвt wear clothes (or have democracy, or cooked food or philosophy). We were naked. Our bits hung out. Our suitability to be part of a community wasnвt affected by what we wore. Most probably, weвd have been shunned for wearing clothes. So why did we develop the need to wear clothes? Evolution: As our ancestors started shedding their body hair some 170,000 years ago, they had to find an alternative way to keep warm.
This, scientists assume, is the most likely reason why we started wearing clothes. In fact, outside of Africa, the Neanderthals who lived in colder climates in what would constitute modern-day Europe certainly needed some form of protection from the elements. Credit: Entressan/SPL Modesty: Some modern-day hunter-gatherers only wear minimal clothing to cover their genitals, leading scientists to believe that at some point in our evolution we decided that certain parts of our body should not be displayed. Yet, other modern-day hunter-gatherers who wear simple clothing sometimes, also have no problem not wearing any. So that theory, while it would make sense, might not be right, anyway. Credit: Aino Tuominen Colonisation: Even today, wolverine pelts are one of the most effective things against the cold в even better than modern clothing.
This has led some researchers to argue that, thousands of years ago, wearing clothes would have allowed humans to move into new habitats and lands. So, in other words, clothes helped us colonise the world. Status Rituals: Archaeological discoveries in the Cave in Georgia have revealed that some 30,000 years ago, the modern human was already producing fabrics in various colours. At some point, it seems, clothes became more than just a necessity but part of showing off and religious rituals. This would have added a new layer of importance to garments в something that is still very true today. So there you have it, I guess! Did you ever wonder why we wear clothes? В
First and most important reason for our clothing is it provides protection form heat cold, wind and rain. We all know extreme weathers can affect our skin and body.
Since our skin is open and uncovered these extreme weathers can easily affect our skin for eg. Too much cold can make our skin itchy and cracked; too much sun can tan our skin. Therefore there is a need for us to protect ourselves from such conditions. It absorbs perspiration, prevents sudden chills, and acts as a buffer between your body and accidental burns, scratches, and rough surfaces. The right garments can insulate your body against extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures. People who live in extreme cold weathers dress themselves in heavy coats made of fur so that they can keep their body and thus survive the harsh weather; where as in deserts nomads protect themselves from the hot sun from dehydrating their bodies by covering up with long flowing robes and headdresses.
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