Since the first European invaders came to North America in about 1,500 commercials, people in North America have been changing how they dress. Native Americans began to dress more like Europeans. European immigrants began to dress more like Native Americans.
In 1500 commercials, most people in north america wore leather clothes made of deer skin. These outfits were very expensive because it was hard to hunt enough deer to make enough clothes for everyone. People often go naked to save their clothes in hot weather (and leather clothes are very hot in summer). On the other hand, these leather clothes were very hard and warm and would last for a long time. If you only have one outfit, it’s good to be pretty hard.
Further south, the people of Pueblo and Mississippi raised cotton for their clothes. His clothes were less expensive, so they wore more clothes, although he lived in warmer places.
When European explorers and hunters arrived in North America in the 1500s, many of them began to wear deerskin clothing because it was very tough and would last a long time. On the other hand, the people of iroquois and cherokee and algonquin were very happy to buy wool and linen clothes from European merchants. These clothes were lighter and cheaper than deer skins and were easier to wash. People were also happy that they bought European glass beads to decorate their clothes because European and Indian beads were much cheaper than removing their beads from animal bones or seashells.
In the 1600s, many pueblo and navahopen bought (or stolen) sheep and began to produce their own wool to make their own clothes instead of buying cloths from Spanish merchants. At the same time, the British settlers on the east coast began to protect the sheep and make their own woolen clothes there. In Jamestown, Virginia, British settlers planted cotton in 1607. But the British settlers were still buying their clothes from British merchants, and most of them in North America (both native and European) were still wearing deerskin.
During the commercials of the 1700s, as British settlers in North America began to want to be more independent of Britain, they began to grow flax and keep their sheep for wool. There were too many people to wear deerskin for all of them now – just not so many deer. Along the east coast, in British colonies, people were proud to wear a natural cloth that you did not buy from British merchants. But the British inventors were making machines to spin and knit the fabric, which made the fabric much cheaper. After the revolutionary war, in 1790 the samuel slater came from England and established the first automatic cotton factory in North America. Three years later, Whitney invented the cotton gin (short for the cotton engine), a machine that made seeds ready to process cotton by removing seeds.
Now people could process cotton in North America, and in the 1800s they started to grow much more. Thousands of Africans were forced to come to North America as slaves to plant and collect cotton. In the south of North America, in the cherokee and Mississippi lands, British settlers and enslaved African people planted cotton. Traders took this cheap cotton all over North America, and most people began to wear mostly cotton and wool instead of deer and bed linen. You bleached white cotton and then dyed it yourself at home, then sewed it on clothes.
Also, in the 1800s, people began to buy more and more from their stores instead of spinning and weaving their fabrics at home (but they still had to sew their own clothes). People used machines to make shop-made fabrics in factories, so it was much cheaper than hand-made fabrics. People started to buy more than one dress at a time. By 1900, most people wore at least one outfit and a good outfit per day (for example, to wear it to church on Sundays). People began to use diapers, napkins, tablecloths, sheets and curtain cloth. Now people were able to change their clothes, and they began to wash their clothes more often. Cotton is easier to wash than wool or linen. Instead of wasting time, women now spend their time in the family’s laundry.
After 1900, almost all fabrics were made in the factories. Instead of sewing themselves, people began to buy pre-sewn ready-made clothes. With the use of gasoline and coal to strengthen the factories, clothing became cheaper and cheaper, until the 1920s, people changing their clothes every day began to become very uniform.