Happy Easter! It's been a long time since I've had time to blog and the energy to blog at the same moment.
Today I found an interesting article from phys.org about cloth specimens found at Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic (New Stone Age) cite located in the area now call Turkey. Çatalhöyük was inhabited about 8,000-9,000 years ago. Lise Bender Jørgensen, a respected textile archaeologist, recently published an article, along with other researchers, in Antiquity, an archaeological journal, about research into Çatalhöyük fabric finds, the oldest woven fabric finds currently known.
The research showed that the textiles found at Çatalhöyük were made from plant fiber. Interestingly, the plant fiber found turned out not to be flax or ramie. Instead, several of the specimens found turn out to have been woven from bast fiber from oak trees. Oak timber was used for building construction in Çatalhöyük, and apparently the inhabitants derived fiber from the oak bark for their clothing as well.
The phys.org article may be read here. I commend it to my readers' attention. I do not know at present how to find the Antiquity article on the Internet, and I cannot afford to obtain the relevant issue. If I do locate the Jørgensen article I will revise this post.
EDIT: No, it didn't take long to track down how to obtain a copy of the article. Cambridge University Press is making the Antiquity article available on line for $26.00 USD here. I may wait until my finances improve to buy myself a copy.