wool and crafts / ARCHIVE
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A Brief History of Woollen Textiles in Britain
The story of how fabric came into being starts not with wool but with plant fibres. This may seem surprising as the first clothes were undoubtedly made from animal skins and it seems like a small leap technologically to assume that those skins would be transformed by other means into fabrics.
To begin our history we need to reach back into the Palaeolithic period (Old Stone Age), at this time the human (Homo sapiens) population in Europe was small, scattered and nomadic.