Clothing

Clothing in history, showing (from top) Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Franks, and 13th through 15th century Europeans.

Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel and attire) is a collective term for items worn on the body. Clothing can be made of textiles, animal skin, or other thin sheets of materials put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depend on body type, social, and geographic considerations. Some clothing can be gender-specific.

Physically, clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements and can enhance safety during hazardous activities such as hiking and cooking. It protects the wearer from rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, insect bites, splinters, thorns and prickles by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and they can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. Clothing also provides protection from ultraviolet radiation.

Wearing clothes is also a social norm, and being deprived of clothing in front of others may be embarrassing, or not wearing clothes in public such that genitals, breasts or buttocks are visible could be seen as indecent exposure.

Origin of clothing

There is no easy way to determine when clothing was first developed, but some information has been inferred by studying lice which estimates the introduction of clothing at roughly 42,000–72,000 years ago.[1][2][3][4]

Other Languages
Acèh: Peukayan
Afrikaans: Klere
Alemannisch: Kleidung
Ænglisc: Clāðas
العربية: ملابس
aragonés: Ropa
armãneashti: Strańiu
asturianu: Ropa
Avañe'ẽ: Ao
Aymar aru: Isi
azərbaycanca: Geyim
বাংলা: বস্ত্র
Bân-lâm-gú: Ho̍k-chong
башҡортса: Кейем
беларуская: Адзенне
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Адзеньне
भोजपुरी: पहिनावा
български: Облекло
Boarisch: Gwand
bosanski: Odjeća
brezhoneg: Dilhad
буряад: Хубсаһан
català: Roba
Чӑвашла: Тумтир
Cebuano: Sapot
čeština: Oděv
chiShona: Zvipfeko
Cymraeg: Dillad
dansk: Tøj
Deitsch: Gleeder
Deutsch: Kleidung
eesti: Riietus
Ελληνικά: Ένδυση
español: Ropa
Esperanto: Vesto
euskara: Jantzi
فارسی: پوشاک
français: Vêtement
Frysk: Klean
Gaeilge: Éadaí
Gaelg: Eaddeeyn
Gàidhlig: Aodach
galego: Roupa
贛語: 衣裳
ગુજરાતી: કપડાં
한국어:
հայերեն: Հագուստ
हिन्दी: परिधान
hrvatski: Odjeća
Ido: Vesto
Ilokano: Kawes
Bahasa Indonesia: Pakaian
interlingua: Vestimento
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᐊᐅᑦᓯᓇᖅᑐᖅ
íslenska: Fatnaður
italiano: Abbigliamento
עברית: ביגוד
Basa Jawa: Sandhangan
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಉಡುಗೆ
ქართული: ტანსაცმელი
қазақша: Киім
Kiswahili: Mavazi
Kreyòl ayisyen: Rad
kurdî: Cil
Кыргызча: Кийим
кырык мары: Выргем
Latina: Vestimenta
latviešu: Apģērbs
Lëtzebuergesch: Gezei
lietuvių: Apranga
Limburgs: Kleiaasj
lumbaart: Abigliament
magyar: Ruházat
македонски: Облека
მარგალური: მუკაქუნალი
مصرى: هدوم
Bahasa Melayu: Pakaian
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ĭ-siòng
монгол: Хувцас
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အဝတ်အစား
Nāhuatl: Tlaquēmitl
Nederlands: Kleding
नेपाल भाषा: वसः
日本語: 被服
нохчийн: Бедар
norsk: Klær
norsk nynorsk: Klede
Nouormand: Habit
occitan: Rauba
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Kiyim
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਪਹਿਰਾਵਾ
پنجابی: کپڑے
Patois: Kluodin
ភាសាខ្មែរ: សំលៀកបំពាក់
polski: Odzież
português: Roupa
română: Vestimentație
Runa Simi: P'achallina
русиньскый: Облечіня
русский: Одежда
саха тыла: Таҥас
Scots: Cleidin
shqip: Veshja
sicilianu: Abbigghiamentu
සිංහල: ඇඳුම්
Simple English: Clothing
slovenčina: Odev
slovenščina: Obleka
کوردی: جلوبەرگ
српски / srpski: Одећа
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Odjeća
Basa Sunda: Raksukan
suomi: Vaate
svenska: Kläder
Tagalog: Kasuotan
தமிழ்: உடை
татарча/tatarça: Кием
తెలుగు: దుస్తులు
тоҷикӣ: Либос
Türkçe: Giysi
українська: Одяг
اردو: لباس
Vahcuengh: Buh
vèneto: Abijamento
vepsän kel’: Sobad
Tiếng Việt: Trang phục
Võro: Rõivas
walon: Mousmint
Winaray: Panapton
吴语: 服装
Xitsonga: Sw'ambalo
ייִדיש: קליידונג
粵語:
žemaitėška: Apriedā
中文: 服装
Kabɩyɛ: Tɔɔla wondu