Clothing(also known asclothesandattire) is a collective term forgarments, items worn on the body. Clothing can be made oftextiles,animal skin, or other thin sheets of materials put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted tohuman beingsand is a feature of all humansocieties. The amount and type of clothing worn depend on body type, social, and geographic considerations. Some clothing can be gender-specific.
Physically, clothing serves many purposes: it can serve as protection from theelementsand can enhance safety during hazardous activities such ashikingand cooking. It protects the wearer from rough surfaces, rash-causing plants,insectbites, splinters,thorns and pricklesby providing a barrier between the skin and the environment. Clothes can insulate against cold or hot conditions. Further, they can provide ahygienicbarrier, keeping infectious and toxic materials away from the body. Clothing also provides protection fromultraviolet radiation. Wearing clothes is also asocial norm, as being deprived of clothing in front of others may beembarrassing, or not wearing clothes in public to the extent thatgenitals,breastsorbuttocksare visible could be seen asindecent exposure.