Born at the dawn of man is one of the oldest and most ingenious inventions present as early as the Neolithic. Weaving, is the technique of creating a fabric or cloth by interlacing threads that are then decorated by hand with colored pigments and primitive mixtures that, over the millennia have become superb prints throughout the evolution of man.
From the primitive era to this day, fabrics have been part of the evolution of mankind and its creativity. Emerged at first from the basic needs to cover himself either from the rigors of cold and sun’s rays, or by a strong sense of modesty, or both.
Man, on his way towards progress, has also invented the artifacts to improve, refine and streamline the weaving process. So from the first rudimentary looms, age after age, the machines have become more sophisticated to the point of creating thousands of yards of fabric in short periods of time.
Human ingenuity, however, wanted to go beyond the weaving to embellish the fabrics making them more colorful and beautiful to see and to wear.
This desire gave birth to the coloring techniques already known and practiced by many ancient populations: from the Greeks to the Egyptians, from the Hittites to the Sumerians whose clothes were decorated with colors and designs. Those techniques were perfected and passed down to the Middle Ages, then spreading in a crescendo of improvements to the present day.
To the era of digital prints and chemical experiments, of mixtures made by skilled designers and colorists; but always, a pure expression of warm and vibrant human creativity. As warm as the soft fabrics produced nowadays.
Author: Giusy Spiders