Need something to stop those creases? Use a coat hanger.
- ‘Coat hangers’ are also known as ‘coathangers’ or ‘clothes hangers’ and have become an almost essential item in homes and clothes shops throughout the world.
- Coat hangers act like the shoulders of humans, to hang jackets, coats, jumpers, shirts, dresses or blouses and by adding clips, skirts, kilts and trousers can hang from the waist.
- Coat hangers are typically shaped as a triangle, or they have two rod like pieces joined at an angle.
- Coat hangers are designed in all sorts of styles and sizes and are typically made from wire, wood or plastic materials, with plastic being the most popular material.
- Coat hangers have been used for many things beside hanging clothes, such as cooking food over a fire, locking (and unlocking) mechanisms, connecting electrical circuits, welding and performing emergency lung surgery.
- Coat hangers are said to have been first used in the mid 1800s, which became popular due to the fancy Victorian dresses, and our modern hangers are believed to be based on a clothes hook invented in 1869.
- Albert J Parkhouse designed a coat hanger in 1903, which was later patented, by twisting wire to hang his and his co-workers clothes on because they were running out of clothes hooks, although it is believed that the owner of the company, John Timberlake, was the one that profited from the design.
- In the first six years of the 20th century, more than 180 patents were lodged for coathangers.
- Some wooden and wired coat hangers are padded and covered in fabric or other material to protect delicate garments, to help keep the clothes shape in good condition and so that less creases are formed in the garment.
- Some coat hangers have become collectible items, due to their age and uniqueness, and there are some manufacturers who encrust their hangers with Swarovski crystals or cover them in gold leaf.
Clothes Hanger, 2013, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clothes_hanger>
Deen J, Hanger History, 2006, Displayarama Store Fixtures <http://www.displayarama.com/hangers.htm>
Wire Coat Hanger, 2007, The Great Idea Finder, <http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/coathanger.htm>
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- Belts are special straps that generally go around your waist and are normally used for holding trousers or skirts up on a person’s body, although sometimes they are used for decorative purposes.
- Belts are generally made from leather or heavy cloth fabric.
- Belts include a buckle and a band or strap in its design, and often a series of holes for the prong of the buckle to insert into, making it adjustable in length.
- Men have been using belts as part of their clothing since 1000 BC or earlier.
- In the modern era, it wasn’t until around the 1920s that belts were used to hold trousers up, as trousers had lower waistlines around that time.
- Before the 1920s, belts were generally used for decoration.
- Some belts, utility belts, are used to carry items or tools around the waist for quick and easy access.
- In the early Middle Ages, and in the 1900s- 1910s, it became fashionable for women to wear belts.
- Some belts have been produced to be worn on legs.
- The section of the belt strap that hangs loose, or is tucked into a belt loop is said to be called the lattiilus.
Belt (Clothing) 11 February 2013 , Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belt_(clothing)>
Fluffy or thin, heavy or light, all wool is different as well as all these facts.
- Wool is the coat of a sheep which is shorn off usually once a year.
- There are over 1 081.8 million wool bearing sheep in the world and all the sheep put together produce approximately 1.27 million tonnes (1.3 million tons) per year.
- Wool is transported in approximately 200 kg (440 lbs) bags, or bales.
- Pure wool can be cream, grey, brown or black in colour.
- The merino is the best sheep for wool breeding since it produces heavy, good quality, fine wool.
- Australia is the biggest producer of wool in the world, followed by New Zealand, and China.
- Wool is excellent at keeping heat in and cold out, is flame resistant and can be woven into cloth and yarn.
- Wool can absorb liquids up to 1/3 of its own weight.
- To make wool ready for retail sale, it is scoured, combed, dyed, spun, woven and finished.
- As well as clothes and rugs, wool can be used in pianos and stereo speakers.
Watson, T & Watson, J 1980, Wool, Wayland Publishers, England
Many countries and tribes have their own dress. Also many countries and tribes have their own facts. Put two and two together and you get facts about traditional dress, in this case, American Indian traditional dress.
- Many western and southern tribes didn’t wear much.
- Many warriors shaved their heads to make them look scary and threatening. and tribes used feathers to express their fighting skills.
- Tribes in the south east and in California pricked themselves using cacti quills or slivers of bones to prick designs on their skin like tattoos.
- Many tribes wore hats if the materials were available.
- Many tribes also wore body paint to show off their bravery or if they were in a special group, as well as to protect them from the sun, wind, cold and stinging or biting insects.
- Many men from many tribes wore buckskin between the legs and a tied belt in summer and in winter they added thigh leggings and a knee length tunic.
- Women of most tribes often wore dresses.
- Children normally wore nothing in summer and in winter wore clothes like the adults.
- Jewellery was very popular among tribes and was made using shells, copper, porcupine quills and feathers when available.
- Glass and ceramic beads were made and used for decorating clothes, recording or sending messages, ingredients for medicine or for trade.
North American Indians 1999, Two-Can Publishing, London