I’m sort of a Çatalhöyük buff so this is interesting to me. Archaeologists working at the site have found a piece of very ancient woven fabric:
Excavations works that have been continuing in the earliest settlement of Çatalhöyük in the central Anatolian province of Konya have revealed a 9,000-year-old piece of linen fabric. The world’s first hemp-weaved fabric has been found in the ground of a burned house.
The report about the new findings includes the process between June 15 and Aug. 15. More than 120 people from 22 countries worked for the excavations in this process. The most striking thing on the report is this fabric, which was wrapped around a baby skeleton.
The cloth is very finely woven and it’s the earliest piece of linen woven with a combination of flax and hemp to be discovered to date.
Linen fabrics are believed to have been produced for millennia, possibly for as long as 30,000 years. The Çatalhöyük find is roughly contemporary with the ancient linen fabric discovered by Robert Braidwood twenty years ago at Çayönü, more than 600 km. distant, so the technology was apparently fairly widespread around the region by that time.