The 3,000-year history of the hoodie | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

The 3,000-year history of the hoodie | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

Translator: Camille Martínez
Reviewer: Krystian Aparta The hoodie is an amazing object. It’s one of those timeless objects
that we hardly think of, because they work so well
that they’re part of our lives. We call them “humble masterpieces.” [Small thing.] [Big idea.] [Paola Antonelli on
the Hoodie] The hoodie has been —
even if it was not called so — it’s been an icon throughout history
for good and for bad reasons. The earliest ones that we can trace are from ancient Greece and ancient Rome. The Middle Ages, you see a lot of monks that were wearing garments
that were cape-like, with hoods attached, so therefore, “hoodies.” Ladies in the 17th century
would wear hoodies to kind of hide themselves
when they were going to meet their lovers. And then, of course,
there’s the legend, there’s fantasy. There’s the image of the hoodie
connected to the grim reaper. There’s the image of the hoodie
connected to the executioner. So there’s the dark side of the hoodie. The modern incarnation of the hoodie — a garment that’s made
usually of cotton jersey, that has a hood attached
with a drawstring; sometimes it has a marsupial pocket — was introduced in the 1930s
by Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Now it’s called Champion. It was meant to keep athletes warm. Of course, though, it was
such a functional, comfortable garment that it was very rapidly adopted
by workmen everywhere. And then, around the 1980s,
it also gets adopted by hip-hop and B-boys, skateboarders, and it takes on this kind of
youth street culture. It was, at the same time,
super-comfortable, perfect for the streets and also had that added value of anonymity when you needed it. And then we have Mark Zuckerberg, who defies convention
of respectable attire for businesspeople. But interestingly, it’s also a way to show
how power has changed. If you’re wearing a two-piece suit,
you might be the bodyguard. The real powerful person is wearing
a hoodie with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s easy to think of
the physical aspects of the hoodie. You can immediately think
of wearing the hood up, and you feel this warmth
and this protection, but at the same time, you can also feel
the psychological aspects of it. I mean, think of donning a hoodie, all of a sudden, you feel more protected, you feel that you are in your own shell. We know very well what the hoodie
has come to signify in the past few years
in the United States. When Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old
African-American kid, was shot by a neighborhood vigilante, and Million Hoodie Marches happened
all over the United States, in which people wore hoodies
with the hood up and marched in the streets
against this kind of prejudice. It doesn’t happen that often for a garment to have
so much symbolism and history and that encompasses
so many different universes as the hoodie. So, like all garments, especially all truly utilitarian garments, it is very basic in its design. But at the same time, it has a whole universe
of possibilities attached.

75 thoughts on “The 3,000-year history of the hoodie | Small Thing Big Idea, a TED series

  1. I dont like hoodies. If you leave them in your back they are a useless peace of fabric that can cause many troubles, catch dirty things, get stuck in branches, jumps and moves around and adds useless tactile impulses in the back. When you put them on the head you get disconnected from the environnement, you can not properly feel the wind, humidity, and locate sounds. If someone wants to harm you, the hood will make you blind and help your thief stealing your goods.

  2. Man i love this series cause of the length of the video, the smooth editing both video and audio, they are short and compact, but make a punch 🙂

  3. This wasn't a history of hoodies. You gave a history of hooded garments. Stop abusing the language by using a specific term only around since the 90s for a single type of clothing item to refer to everything in history with a hood on it.

  4. Wait it's actually called a marsupial pouch? And here I am getting weird looks for calling that front pocket my kangaroo pouch


  6. I've no idea why you people bother and in the end i even give up keeping up. You've obviously been to the trouble of re-searching a nice collection of photos although you may as well show the same one . What's faster than getting diahorrehea? Blinking. Or the time it takes for you flash one of those photographs like strobe lights in a discotheque. Then i keep getting thrown over-board for freeze-framing tsck

  7. The medieval hooded garments she's on about aren't hoodies – they're hooded robes, or a hood as a separate garment, which comes down to the shoulders, as in the case of the monks.

  8. See also–8 for a longer and more detailed history of the modern hoodie fashion since the 1930's.

  9. Este video lo vería más gente para aprender ingles, que pasa saber de las capuchas.
    Pongan subtitulado con el método birkenbinh
    This video would see more people to learn English, what happens to know about the hoods.
    Put subtitles with the birkenbinh method

  10. So the hoodie is an invention of the white European (ancient Greek & Roman) culture, and anyone who is not of white European descent has appropriated this cultural icon? Just want to put it in perspective.

  11. NO! She is wrong and has concept of recent (past 20 years) fashion, or what the non mainstream wore.
    In recent history "huuudi" became a bit popular during the 90's with Gangster Rap.,and some people who were into hip hop but the average person never wore it.
    It would of died but in the late 1990s or early 2000's people in the alternative rock scene adopted it. It was actually people in the alternative scene that popularized it and blown it into the mainstream, not Hip hop as most people think.

  12. i watched this video after watching The Alpha movie and was thinking how could this people 20000 years ago think about adding hoodie to their clothes and this video answered me , thank you

  13. I'm sorry; Mark Zuckerberg what?? Bad example. You should probably start with the 'hood' and WHY it was conceived/invented. This isn't much of a history lesson. Nowhere did she mention its actual practical purposes other than to keep warm. I'm definitely inspired though. Inspired to research the actual history and maybe create my own rendition on the subject.
    Also, the editing was nice! Sound effects could use a bit more mixing, but the design is great.

  14. Treyvon Martin was gangbanger thug-trash. He did not get gunned down by a "racist vigilante" he got killed by a gang fight.

  15. I didn't realize that hoodies had such a long history, but I guess it makes total sense. Thanks for sharing and educating!

  16. Beautiful Quickie Hoodie History! Let's not forgot #AssassinsCreed helps keep the Hoodie Alive as well (and I'm not even a Gamer)!

  17. Wow.. I love hoodies cause.. yeah.. it makes me feel like I'm protected… Physically and also emotionally.. I dont know how to explain this though…
    I've never really thought that hoodies could be so significant… This is really cool..

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