My favourite sock and shock drawer.
Believe it or not socks have been around since the stone ages. They were very different from socks as we know them today. They were often made of animal skins that were tied around the ankles.
In Ancient Egypt there is evidence of the existence of knitted socks and by the 8th century BC, the Greek poet Hesiod wrote of paloi – socks made of matted animal hair. They were mostly worn by actors in comedic plays.
During the Middle Ages colored cloth tied around the legs and held up with garters were in popular use. Garters were placed over the top of the sock/stocking to prevent them from falling down. They were mostly worn among the more wealthy.
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Having bought myself some new socks yesterday, I became interested in their history.
My socks were bought from Tesco, a supermarket chain that I hope will be interested in sponsoring this blog. Tesco socks are good because Tesco socks are cheap. Unfortunately, as with all cheap produce, a little wear causes a number of little tears.
Never mind, all good socks must come to an end.
And where do they go to when they are old and holy? Is there some sock heaven or nirvana? Hades or Hell?
My guess is that if socks have been useful, non-offensive, and particularly holy through years of service, then some reward will await. If the humble sock or stocking understands this, then why can’t we?