Hello I love socks!!!!
Before the Industrial Revolution, socks and stockings were knitted. The first knitted socks, from around 1500 BC, were found in Jutland, now part of Denmark. The first stockings were found in Egyptian graves in Antinoe, from circa 500 AD.
For a long time, stockings were a privilege of the rich, as the manufacturing was a guild secret. In the Middle Ages, the pants and stocking together formed one piece of clothing. Later, the stockings on the pants were changed more frequently, since they became dirty much more quickly. Eventually, stockings became fully independent articles of clothing. The English reverend William Lee (born in 1550 in Nottingham) invented the knitting loom in 1589, making knit fabrics far easier to produce. After the Industrial Revolution the socks, mostly still made of wool, became easier and cheaper to produce, spreading their appeal across European society. Most socks (both past and present) are made of wool.
Tschabalala Self is an American artist who is best known for her depictions of Black female figures using paint, fabric, and reused pieces of her previous works. Tschabalala’s depictions of black female bodies using fabrics she’s collected overtime and sewn together “defy the narrow spaces in which they are forced to exist.” She derives this from the history behind the African-American struggle and oppression in society. Tschabalala Self reclaims the black female body and portrays them to be free of stereotypes without having to fear being punished. Many of her works consist of the colors: Red, Yellow, Violet, Pink, and brown. These colors together help contribute to the depiction of freedom and expression of the figures in her works.
I really like the idea of using fabric in a “painting” style. It’s something I don’t come across often and I think the way Tschabalala shows movement as well adds to the narrative.
Puce is the French word for “flea”. The color is said to be the color of bloodstains on linen or bedsheets, even after being laundered, from a flea’s droppings, or after a flea has been crushed. The color puce became popular in the late 18th century in France. It appeared in clothing at the Court of Louis XVI and was said to be a favorite color of Marie Antoinette, though there are no portraits of her wearing it.