Weaving

Weaving

3500 BCE

Weaving may not sound like a groundbreaking invention, but when the Ancient Egyptians mastered it back in the fourth millennium BCE, it revolutionised the way we dressed. This early weaving was undertaken on primitive, two-person looms that could only weave a fixed length of cloth. However, by the close of classical antiquity, dexterous horizontal and vertical weaving looms could be found throughout Asia, Africa and Europe (including Ancient Greece, as illustrated). Today, weaving is undertaken on a massive scale by large, shuttleless machines such as rapier and air-jet looms.