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Stone age clothing

Demonstration
Stone age clothing
11 August, 2020

Stone age clothing

A demonstration of different ‘stone age’ clothing

Clothing is one of the things that sets humans apart form animals. Without it, we could never have migrated from our warm homeland with such success. Yet the ability to make it is an often-overlooked skill. Modern outdoor clothing is so easily obtainable that we forget the lengths our ancestors went to in their efforts to keep the weather out.

Surviving examples of  Stone age clothing are a rarity, but occasional finds of sewing equipment and clues in ancient burials combined with experimentation and  a look at surviving indigenous cultures can give us  a fascinating look at the past.

We will begin by looking at clues to ‘stone age’ clothing,  the tools and techniques that may have been available to our ancestors and some examples and reconstructions. A demonstration of different techniques for fitting clothing using skins will follow; which you can expand on and have a go at during the pattern making for clothing workshop.

Timetable:
7 may 2021 at 9:30 am

Duration: demonstration will last 3 to 4 hours

Take the following with you:

sit mat

About The Speaker

I found my way to a love of bushcraft at a very young age. A love of fossil collecting quickly led to an interest in flintknapping and all things prehistoric. For 13 years I worked for Ray Mears Company Woodlore, working on, and running a variety of bushcraft courses.

I've been involved in re enacting since the age of 7 and have dabbled in many historical skills (such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, pottery and basketry) in addition to the fire lighting, shelter building and trapping that are the core of bushcraft. More recently I began working with expert Flint knapper Will Lord, conducting stone age school visits, and last summer took over the running of that part of the business. I and my fellow Caveman visit schools all over the UK, giving the children hands-on experiences of stone age life. Read more >

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