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Nether Hose (clothing)

Upper Hose


Upper Hose are the stockings that covered the lower edges of the leg. They were usually rolled above the knee and secured by garters.


Nether stocks are hosen, hose, cloth hose, knit hose, etc. Nether stocks were knitted by hand sometime around the 1530s. It wasn't until 1589, when William Lee, a clergyman, invented the first knitting machine in England. They were often cut from cloth on the bias, were worn tightly, and held up by points laced to the doublet.


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