A cloth is a garment that covers the human body. This can be traced way back from the very ancient origin of man. Clothing is in itself the very characteristic of human beings. Different societies and cultures are easily identified through their mode of dressing which means dressing does not function as a covering to human body but it also carries other functions and significance.
Some societies only covered the small parts of their body which they considered naked and that completed their dressing. Others wore garments and attires that carried social significance.
Primarily the purpose of wearing clothing is its function. This defines the type and the amount of clothing to be worn. Generally clothes were worn for protection or for warmth though this has evolved to more elaborated function and social reasons of wearing clothes.
In ancient times communities that lived in the tropics where temperatures were more accommodative wore clothes that only covered what that community called nakedness. This differed from one community to another while beyond the tropics and in cold region, fur and leather garments were worn to keep them warm on special purposes or functions like war or battle they would make special clothes for protection from physical attacks and injury. Long distance travelers had to cover more parts of their body protecting them from stings bites and injuries, from thorns and other element as they had to walk through harsh environments.
Today clothing is categorized into two major settings, that is, functional and social settings. In functions, clothes are worn as a protection or a covering from various elements. This include physical elements like friction, abrasion especially when dealing with the moving parts in machines heat and cold that is temperature changes that can either be mild or extreme chemicals which some can be corrosive or harmful to the body parts and event to unseen elements like radiation. Different clothes are specially designed to handle different physical situations and their levels.
Clothes are designed to protect from toxins (especially biological) and germs. This can be two way in that the clothes protects the infected from further infecting others or from being infected. Surgery Theater has special clothes for that purpose. For social and cultural function clothes are worn for individual occupational and sexual differences and social status.
Individual can wear clothes to define their tastes or preferences that are independent of all other factors. Occupation can define the type of clothes worn example uniform for military, aprons for cook’s waiters and many others that represent the position function or purpose. Sexual defines sex based on gender either male or female clothes are designed to fit either or both of this genders because a man and a woman are created structurally different. For social status this defines the class of the person either low class in which the value of the cloth is low or high class where the value and even design represents the status. Religion is also another factor to clothing because different attires represent different levels of worship platforms for example the priest’s worshippers etc. Majority of religions in the world have different dressing codes of worship especially for the priest and leader as the clothes represent levels of holiness and positions in temples, churches, shrines and temples.