World’s Oldest Pants Discovered in Almost Wearable Condition in China

One of the first pants, believed to be more than 3,000 years old. (M.Wagner / German Archaeological Institute)
One of the first pants, believed to be more than 3,000 years old. (M.Wagner / German Archaeological Institute)

Pants believed to be from 3,300 years ago were discovered in Northwest China. The pants are said to coincide with the invention of horseback riding. Pants allowed the freedom of movement necessary for riding.

In light of the discovery of the pants, Science News said that before horseback riding became widespread: “…Europeans and Asians wore gowns, robes, tunics, togas or — as observed on the 5,300-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman — a three-piece combination of loincloth and individual leggings.”

The pants are designed from three pieces of cloth. Cloth for two legs, and a connecting piece in the middle for the crotch, were sewn together. A string belt holds the waist, and a primitive pattern decorate the knees and lower legs.

Scientists carefully examine ancient Chinese garment. (M.Wagner / German Archaeological Institute)

Scientists carefully examine ancient Chinese garment. (M.Wagner / German Archaeological Institute)

The pants were found in the Yanghai Tombs of the Tarim Basin, located in Xinjiang Province. The tombs have been a source of great archaeological finds in recent years. They were first discovered in the 1970’s. The Tarim basin has a hot, dry climate, good for preserving many artifacts.

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