Another Belt Loop! Mon, Nov 06, 2017
A few loops ago I wrote about the history of belt loops: here is a refresher.
Before the 1920s, belts served mostly a decorative purpose, and were associated with the military. Moreover, prior to that trousers did not even have belt loops. As sportswear, trousers with belt loops were already present in the 19th century. Today it is common for men to wear belts with their trousers
But, if we look further into the history of belts we see that this seemingly simple accessory has had a very meaningful history. In virtually every religious tradition there are traces of belts (often cords) used during sacred ceremonies and integrated in the priest’s vestment. The term girdle still refers to the liturgical attire that normally closes the Catholic priest’s cassock. Besides, over the millennia, several cultures have associated a kind of therapeutic power to belts.
I was surprised at how many cultures incorporated meaning into this, now practical accessory. I encourage you guys to look into the surprising lineage of our product.