Friday, August 17, 2007

All Because of Schleykes

Schleykes is the Yiddish term for suspenders (or braces for you Brits).

In searching for the term, I came across this at Wikipedia on trousers (what the schleykes hold up):-


Nomadic Eurasian horsemen/women such as the Iranian Scythians, along with Achaemenid Persians were among the first to wear trousers, later introduced to modern Europe via either the Hungarians or Ottoman Turks.[citation needed]

In ancient China, trousers were only worn by cavalry. According to tradition, they were first introduced by King Wu of Zhao in 375 BC, who copied the custom from non-Chinese horsemen on his northern border.

Trousers were introduced into Western European culture at several points in history, but gained their current predominance only in the 16th century.

The word itself is of Gaelic origin, from the Middle Irish word "triubhas" (close-fitting shorts).

Men's trousers

Trousers also trace their ancestry to the individual hose worn by men in the 15th century (which is why trousers are plural and not singular). The hose were easy to make and fastened to a doublet at the top with ties called "points", but as time went by, the two hose were joined, first in the back then across the front, but still leaving a large opening for sanitary functions.


Read Exodus:-

28,42 And thou shalt make them linen breeches or pants to cover the flesh of their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach. 28,43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they go in unto the tent of meeting, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die; it shall be a statute for ever unto him and unto his seed after him.

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