History of Footed Pajamas

History Of Pajamas

Pajamas were introduced about 1880 from India for men to wear for sleeping instead of nightshirts.

As early as 1898 merchants in London had advertised pajamas (or, as the Englishman writes it, pajamas) as a new fashion. In an early form, the Professor remarks, the pajama had its inception, as we have noted, in the ancient East. Pajamas, say the scribes, originated in India, where they mean literally "leg clothes," and were used for centuries untold by both sexes. One Francis Pyrard, a French traveler, held captive in Goa during 1608-1609, made the earliest known mention of pajamas by a European. He says in his book published in 1610 that the Portuguese in that city always wore cotton trousers when going to bed.

Just when Europeans began to adopt this exotic garment (pajamas) from the Mohammedans as a very comfortable and, especially for feminine wear, engaging attire for sleeping and lounging in a warm climate is not recorded. Mr. George Moore, we know, at some time in his youth was sleeping in "pajamas"-but not Doris. At any rate, it was not until about 1920 that the boom in pajamas struck this country.

During the summer of 1924, it was reported to a wondering world that pajamas, gay in color and made of costly materials, were being publicly worn at the Lido both by men and woman. Was the pajama vogue mainly a fad? Or was it likely to be a real development in the history of women's dress? In answer to such questions, the Professor relates, by 1923 it was reported by personages "in the trade" that the sale of women's pajamas had decreased during the year before from that of the several years directly preceding. They stated that the sale of pajamas had not appreciably affected the business in nightgowns.

It was explained that pajamas had come to be used extensively for negligee rather than for sleeping. Many industrious souls had found that at home they could work better in them than in ordinary attire.