The Art of Sock Manufacturing: History of Sock Manufacturing

Welcome to the History of Sock Manufacturing course where you will learn about the “History” of Sock Manufacturing.

History

Throughout history, socks have reflected changing fashions and cultures, as well as the styles of the people who wear them. In fact, hosiery might be considered an “economic indicator,” since the stock market is said to rise and fall in tandem with hemlines. The term “hosiery” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “hossan” or “hose,” which meant a complete covering of the leg; “hossa” referred to a light trouser. The term “stocking” was originally “stoka” or “stump”; the Anglo-Saxon term “stocks” meant a restraint or enclosure. “Sock” comes from the Greek “sykhos,” which referred to a soft, low shoe. The Romans, who adapted many ancient Greek concepts, changed the word to “soccus,” which the Anglo-Saxons transformed to “socc,” and the rest is history. Today, “hosiery” refers to a wide range of articles, including stockings, socks, and hose.

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