What is Clothing: Definition and 16 Discussions

Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel and attire) are items worn on the body. Clothing is typically made of fabrics or textiles but over time has included garments made from animal skin or other thin sheets of materials put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies. The amount and type of clothing worn depends on gender, body type, social, and geographic considerations.
Clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from the elements, rough surfaces, rash-causing plants, insect bites, splinters, thorns and prickles by providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions, and they can provide a hygienic barrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. Clothing also provides protection from ultraviolet radiation.
Wearing clothes is also a social norm, and connotes modesty. Being deprived of clothing in front of others may be embarrassing. In most parts of the world, not wearing clothes in public so that genitals, breasts or buttocks are visible could be considered indecent exposure.

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  1. brotherbobby

    Surface Tension - Using hot soapy water to wash clothes

    I mention the details in the book (verbatim) in the form of a paragraph in green below. Later I ask my questions in blue font for better reading. "Surface tension also explains why hot, soapy water is used for washing. To wash clothing thoroughly, water must be forced through the tiny spaces...
  2. A

    Working mechanism of NEFFUL clothing

    Recently I heard that NEFFUL clothes, when rubbed with our skin, could release anions (refer to attached image for more details). I do not doubt the generation of anion, due to Triboelectric effect. But could anyone advise, where does the "cations" that were produced during the ionization go?
  3. B

    Creating a Focused Waveform to Pass Through Clothing and Structures

    so I am hatching an idea for a system of equipment which requires a focussed wavelength which will not greatly widen over distances of less than a mile. Also the waveform needs to be sensible by receiver antenna or something of a similar nature. It is necessary that the waveform be able to...
  4. N

    Explanation of this popular t-shirt equation

    Happened to pass someone wearing a t-shirt today with the logo: F/C^2(sqrt(-1))PV/nR Could you explain to me what this means? Thank you
  5. M

    What makes effective UV - proof clothing?

    I am 67 and three years ago I was diagnosed with uv aggravated eczema. The doctors recommend wearing close woven fabrics to block uv but i find they don't really cut the mustard. my idea is to sew a lining into the back (where most irritation occurs) of a lightweight jacket and insert a sheet of...
  6. dav2008

    What color clothing is safest during a nuclear explosion?

    All else being equal, which color clothing would be best if you are exposed to a nuclear explosion (far enough away where you're not instantly killed, but still subjected to significant radiant energy)? Black or white? It seems like black clothing would get hotter and could thus burn you by...
  7. C

    Friction Between Clothing & Giant Rock: 833 N & μ=4.58?

    Is it possible to have friction between clothing and a giant rock equal to 833 N? The μ would equal 4.58. Isn't it too big?
  8. J

    Remove clothing wrinkles using ultrasonics?

    Hello, My name is Joe and I am a industrial design student currently working on my final year project in university. I am seeking some information regarding the project, which I hope someone on here may be able to help with. My question is regarding clothing irons and how can wrinkles in...
  9. S

    Why Does a Wet T-Shirt Appear Darker Than a Dry T-Shirt?

    Hey One thing i have always wondered, when clothes become wet (say a blue t-shirt) it is a lot darker when you cover it in water. What is happening with the wet t-shirt to a dry t-shirt that reduces the amount of reflection ? Water is pretty much transparent (tap water for this...
  10. S

    Discover the Future of Wearable Technology: Bluetooth Clothing Chip Design Tips

    I design consumer products and have just received a commission to build a piece of clothing that transmits sensor data to a smartphone. I'm looking for the best places to begin my research. Is there someone here that could help me? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks...
  11. L

    Is it disturbing to wear clothing made from bugs and worms (silk)

    This seems disturbing, does anyone else think so? People wear silk when it is made from these worms and that it comes out of their bodies http://bhimbros.com/images/silk_worm2.jpg why would anyone want that sort of thing touching their skin? And there are clothing dyes made from crushed bugs...
  12. wolram

    Oldest Clothing in Closet: 1982 Jeans

    What is the oldest item of clothing in your closet? Mine is a pair of jeans circa 1982, i keep then just in case my waist line shrinks.
  13. G

    Guys would you wear Ed Hardy or Affliction clothing?

    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=366701&CategoryID=46364 http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=210721102&listingid=37540830&dcaid=17902 http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/814207/7665196/0/1229489754/Affliction_t-shirts.jpg...
  14. Simfish

    Wearing Clothing in Exceptionally Hot Weather?

    As we all know, core body temperature is around 98.6 degrees Farenheit. It is more comfortable for one to wear less clothing when the temperatures are in the 80s and 90s (since this allows core body heat to more easily disperse outside). But what if the temperatures are in the upper 90s and...
  15. T

    Are Torn Clothes the New Fashion Trend?

    :biggrin: Enough said http://www.big-boys.com/articles/torn.html