UPLIFTING

You never know what you’re going to find when you start digging.

During the reconstruction of Lengberg Castle in the East Tyrol area of Austria that began in July 2008, archaeologists found a room in the south wing that was filled with what they thought was “waste.” Instead of just hauling it out, they meticulously examined their findings and were rewarded with a treasure trove of worked wood, leather shoes, and textiles. Over 2,700 textile fragments.

And among those fragments was an astonishing discovery. Take a look at this bra. If the linen weren’t so torn up, it would fit right in with the current Victoria’s Secret catalog.

Those ladies sure knew how to use a needle. This bra is ingeniously constructed.

This bra, however, is so ratty because it was carbon dated to be about 600 years old.

Fashion historians always dated the “invention” of the bra to 1914, when the first American patent was awarded to Caresse Crosby. They’ve going to have to revise their books, because those medieval ladies seemed to have known something about lift and cleavage. Those saucy wenches!

For more details, go to: http://www.uibk.ac.at/ipoint/news/2012/buestenhalter-aus-dem-mittelalter.html.en.

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