'Woven socks' however were a feature of western fashion for many centuries
in the form of hose - I have a couple of pairs for re-enactment and they are
as comfortable as knitted stockings - althought they took a fair bit of
tailoring from the original manufacture to get them to fit correctly and
therefore to be comfortable (I made them myself).
From: David Bowler [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 12 September 2006 09:07
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [BRITARCH] knotting, knitting and crochet
On the relative merits of knitting vs weaving:-
Weaving produces flat sheets of cloth, which are fine for blankets, sheets,
togas, kilts, etc, but need to be cut and stitched to fit more complex
shapes. This is extra work, and wastes material. It is probably quite
difficult to do well until you have scissors or shears. I know flint knives
have been used for surgery, but I suspect haute couture is pushing the
technology too far.
Knitting can produce flexible and stretchable covers for complex shapes,
without cutting or waste.
Hudson Taylor, 19th-century founder of the China Inland Mission, was a great
admirer of Chinese culture, and made a point of wearing Chinese clothes so
as to fit in with local customs. He found these very comfortable and
practical, except for Chinese socks, which I think were woven, and very
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