Why People Wear Clothes
Clothing does much more than just cover your body. Your appreciation of clothing will be broadened as you become more aware of the influences clothing has on you. Throughout history, clothing has had great meaning. It has indicated people’s handicraft skills, artistic imagination, and cultural rituals.
Prehistoric people clothed their bodies over 75,000 years ago. This has been shown by the discoveries of ancient cave drawings statues, and remains of materials used for making clothing. From beginning, clothing has served the same basic human needs. Those needs are protection, adornment and identification and modesty and status. (social needs)
To preserve good physical health, clothing protects us from cold temperatures. It can protect us from sunshine or high winds. It can also protect us from the wetness of rain. War sweaters, coats, gloves, and long underwear can protect us from frigid weather and snow. Wide-brimmed hats can keep hot sunshine off our faces and heads.
Sunglasses and hats are sometimes worn as fashion items as well as for protection. Fur pelts were essential for warmth and protection long ago. People need physical protection from dirt, insects, and other harmful agents in the environment. Shoes protect our feet from soil, hard objects, and hot and cold surfaces.
Astronauts must have protective clothing to provide them with the correct atmospheric conditions to keep them alive in outer space. In the medical profession, special clothing items, such as sterile gloves and face masks, help reduce the transfer of germs and maintain sanitation.
Natives of some geographic regions need protective clothing against insects, worms, and leeches. The swish of a grass skirt is meant to keep insects away. Some tropical natives grease their bodies. Some plaster mud on themselves for physical protection. These body coverings are substitutes for clothing and accomplish similar protective results.