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Finding the origins of knitting is one of the most difficult tasks for archaeologists and scientists. There has been evidence of knitting being practiced in several different parts of the world. It has taken humankind centuries to only somewhat trace the real origin of this biblical hobby.
A cloth cannot be preserved. Even when done right, only scarce such knitted products can survive the wraith of natural decomposition. Evidence suggests that only a few knitted artifacts and products have been found so far. Yet, it has not been able to help us determine the original source of knitting. The question still remains – What is the history of knitting? Who invented it?
What we know so far
Knitting is one such rarity that has experienced the test of time, history, and cultures itself. The unlimited number of articles published on the origins of knitting have only been able to theorize potential areas of inception but not the actual facts. There is a vast amount of knowledge on the same:
The earliest technique was called Nålbinding. It looked like knitting but upon clear examination, it wasn’t so. Knitting uses two knitting needles to create loops while Nålbinding used only one to loop, then knot and split the fabric. This is a process similar to sewing. The fabric however looks nearly identical. Hence, Nålbinding is considered knitting of the earlier centuries.
Knitting done by hand in the early ADs was by using delicate hand-carved sticks of either wood, bone, quill, ivory, or metal wires. Some of the early needles were also made of copper. They were designed as more of hooks than needles. An interesting fact is that the knitter invented his own needle to suit his hands, speed, and methods. This gave the knitted object an excellent result.
As knitted garments started spreading, the art was soon appreciated by Kings and Kingdoms alike. This led to a huge rise in knitters across Arabia, Europe, and England. The rest of the world followed suit. Knitting is still a delight as it was all these centuries ago.
It is true that the humankind has an inherent eye towards intricacy and true forms of art. The history of knitting just proves the same. It was loved by everyone, not as garments but also as a part of the art. This is something Vardhman Knitting World aims to sustain.
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