Excerpt from Robson, Deborah and Ekarius, Carol. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook. Fiber Fascination. North Adams, MA. Storey Publishing. 2011
The oldest known samples of woolen textiles date to 3,500 years ago, and samples of silk (produced by larvae of certain moths) in China have been dated to 5,000 years ago…For now, we know that alpacas were domesticated at least 7,000 years ago, and sheep were probably domesticated at least 9,000 years ago.