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The World's Oldest preserved garment, discovered by Flinders Petrie , is a "highly sophisticated" linen shirt from a First Dynasty Egyptian tomb at Tarkan , c. The small fringe formed during weaving along one edge of the cloth has been placed by the designer to decorate the neck opening and side seam. The shirt was an item of clothing that only men could wear as underwear, until the twentieth century. In medieval artworks, the shirt is only visible uncovered on humble characters, such as shepherds , prisoners, and penitents.
The shirt sometimes had frills at the neck or cuffs. In the sixteenth century, men's shirts often had embroidery , and sometimes frills or lace at the neck and cuffs and through the eighteenth century long neck frills, or jabots , were fashionable. They were considered casual wear, for lower-class workers only, until the twentieth century. For a gentleman, "to wear a sky-blue shirt was unthinkable in but had become standard by and, in , constituted the most commonplace event.
European and American women began wearing shirts in , when the Garibaldi shirt , a red shirt as worn by the freedom fighters under Giuseppe Garibaldi , was popularized by Empress Eugénie of France.
In Hannah Montague, a housewife in upstate New York, invents the detachable collar. It wasn't until the s that collar stays became popular, although these early accessories resembled tie clips more than the small collar stiffeners available today.
Many terms are used to describe and differentiate types of shirts and upper-body garments in general and their construction. The smallest differences may have significance to a cultural or occupational group.
Recently, late twentieth century, into the twenty-first century it has become common to use tops as a form of advertisement. Many of these distinctions apply to other upper-body garments, such as coats and sweaters. Shirts with long sleeves may further be distinguished by the cuffs:.
There are two main categories of fibres used: Some natural fibres are linen, the first used historically, hemp , cotton , the most used, ramie , wool , silk and more recently bamboo or soya. Some synthetic fibres are polyester , tencel , viscose , etc. Polyester mixed with cotton poly-cotton is often used. Fabrics for shirts are called shirtings. The four main weaves for shirtings are plain weave , oxford , twill and satin.
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