Who Invented Stockings?

Stockings were originally made of leather to cover the legs for protection. But the even idea of protecting the legs in this way was not a common practice until after the beginning of the Christian Era.

The first people who tried make a stocking anything like the ones we wear today were the French, and in the seventh century, French men were leather stocking for protection and warmth.

Soon people began to want to make the stockings more attractive. So fabric stockings appeared, made of pieces of cloth, silk, or velvet sewn together. There were often decorated with gold embroidery, and were worn by fashionable people.


The first knitted worsted stocking appeared in London about the year 1565. Queen Elizabeth Received a gift of silk knitted hose, which pleased her so greatly that from that time on she wore the very rich could afford them.

It wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century that silk stockings. These silk stockings made in Italy, and only the very rich could afford them. It wasn’t until the beginning of the twentieth century that silk stockings really became available for the average person to wear. 

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