It is believed that people began sewing pieces of animal skins together to make clothes about 15,000 B.C. They used needles made of bone or wood.
The basic design of the needle has not changed since it was first invented. A thread is run through a hole in one end of a straight or curved needle and then pulled through the pieces of material to join them.
People later invented ways to twist short fibers into long threads and then made simple looms on which these threads could be held and woven to make cloth.
Cloth was woven to the exact size needed: small square cloth woven on small looms made handkerchiefs; large rectangular pieces woven on large looms were used for clothing.