- What piece of clothing is your favorite to wear? What features of it appeals to you? In what ways does it fit your lifestyle? How comfortable is it?
- Now count how many pieces of fabric went into that piece of clothing (don’t forget pockets, collars or linings). How complicated do you think it was to make this item? How long do you think people have been wearing items of clothing similar to this?
- Where were the oldest known pair of pants discovered and how long ago were they made?
- What is known about who wore the pants? According to the story, what was the man’s likely profession?
- How many weaving techniques went into making the fabric in these pants? What is twill?
- Where was the oldest twill fabric found and how old was it?
- Why does Karina Grömer describe Turfan Man’s pants as “the Rolls-Royce of trousers”?
- Based on what you read, what are at least three things about the pants’ design that would have contributed to their comfort and durability?
- What decorative aspects of the pants’ design suggest its weavers had come in contact with people from far to the west of what is now China?
- What is the Silk Road?
- Why do you think the researchers felt compelled to recreate Turfan Man’s pants? What more do you think they learned by doing this, beyond what they’d have known from just eyeballing the trousers?
- The researchers seemed very interested in where various of the designs they saw in the pants had shown up before. What might this tell them about these and other ancient peoples?