The world's oldest pants are, frankly, kinda hippie lookin'


These pants are between 3300 and 3000 years old, but they look like they could have been purchased in a parking lot outside a String Cheese Incident concert.

When I say these pants are the world's oldest, I should clarify that I mean "the oldest surviving pants we know of". Given the workmanship that's evident here, it's unlikely these pants sprang, fully formed, from the head of a nomadic herder in what is now Western China. Somebody (or, a lot of somebodies) had probably been making these garments for a while.

The pants were probably able to survive this long because their owner was buried in the Tarim Basin, a desert region that's known for producing natural mummies.

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  1. A good friend of mine has a terrible compulsive ebaying problem. Pretty sure she just bought these pants' descendants. Like, multiple times.

  2. Pretty sure these are actually my freshman year of college roommates'. Aka the guy I also happen to be living with 18 years later. My house is getting renovated dammit, I'm not trying to hold on to my College experience!

  3. Zazzle should have the design copyrighted by the time I finish this sentence.

  4. I showed my wife the pic and asked her "Hey! Know what's special about these pants?" and she said "Did they belong to D.B. Cooper?"

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