If you think you know what it’s like to walk like an ancient Egyptian, you may be surprised that they had socks a millennia ago. A discarded sock for a small child was discovered in an Antinoupolis landfill dating back to 300 AD. Considering the ancient Egyptians were a pretty advanced people, it’s no surprise that the article of clothing found was in impeccable condition.

Fashion forward culture

Typically, ancient Egyptians walked around barefoot, unless there was the risk of injury. The nobility would wear sandals fashioned from leather to outdo one another, while commoners were limited to papyrus reed footwear.

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Most young children would walk around unclothed until the age of six before wearing the same clothing as adults. As ancient Egyptian society progressed and mingled with other people, everyone in society was quick to borrow from each other’s wardrobe selection.

The Art Of Weaving

The art of weaving was believed to have come from the gods, and people spared no expense to adorn their bodies. Life was one grand fashion show to grab the attention of the gods, as people made an effort to flaunt their fashion sense and wealth. Both weaving looms and hand knitting were used to create fine linen garments made from flax for the well-to-do.

Norman de Garis Davies / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The use of a single needle looping technique was popular for creating clothing. Pantone colors were limited in ancient Egypt, as natural plant materials were used to create rich hues of red, yellow, blue, and green

Socks Worth Sporting

Whoever was wearing the sock found in an ancient rubbish dump was sporting quality fashion. The sock was a great find for archaeological study, as the stripe design utilized multiple wool strands and had a delicate composition.

Leicester Museum

The unique Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle-like separation was both functional and flashy, as it helped the wearer slip on their sandals with ease.