the general term used for:
Hosiery, also referred to as legwear, describes garments worn directly on the feet and legs. The term originated as the collective term for products of which a maker or seller is termed a hosiery and those products are also known generically as hose. The term is also used for all types of knitted fabric, and its thickness and weight is defined in terms of denier
or opacity. Lower denier measurements of 5 to 15 describe a hose which
may be sheer in appearance, whereas styles of 40 and above are dense,
with little to no light able to come through on 100 denier items.
The first references to hosiery can be found in works of Hesiod, (ancient Greek poet) where Romans are said to have used leather or cloth strips to cover their lower body parts. Even the Egyptians are speculated to have used hosiery as socks, which have been found in certain tombs.
Most hosiery garments are made by knitting methods. Modern osiery is uaually tight-fitting by virtue of stretchy fabrics and meshes. Older forms, include binding to achieve a tight fit. Due to its close fit, most hosiery can be worn as an undergarment, but it is more commonly worn as a combined under/out garment. In 2011, the hosiery and sock mills market was over $1.2 billion in the United States
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