History of the Hooded Top
Hood, From The Anglo Saxon Word Hod
The hood dates back to medieval times. Worn by monks, attached to their tunic and called a cowl, and workers who wore hooded capes to protect themselves from the elements, people across society from religious leaders and those in power, to labourers, have worn hooded garments. The garment we know today as the hoodie was developed by experimenting with cloth normally used for underwear. It is credited to Knickerbox Knitting co. (now Champion products) and first appeared in the 1920’s. The last century has seen it evolve from a staple garment worn by athletes and labourers for warmth and protection to a cult symbol. The 1976 film Rocky saw the hoodie re-establish its working class roots connection and hard work ethics, while the 1980’s saw it move up in society when Norma Kamali, who gave it designer status when she based a rtw collection around jersey sweat shirting, took it down the catwalk.
Utilised, glamourised and even vilified, the hoodie has proved its duality as both a trend and a staple. Now available in chunky cotton knits with hidden openings for earphone cord feed and concealed pockets for mobiles and mp3s or cotton rich blends with moisture wicking properties, thumb holes and easy hanging tabs. WS Printing have hoodies in a range of styles. Available in zip and pull on styles, in a wide choice of colours, with or without contrast colour hood linings ,the hoodie is probably the most versatile of promotional garments making it the perfect choice for college, clubbing or sports. And with a massive choice of blank, promotional and fashion styles available to you, it’s time to get creative.