Clothing / Sewing

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Clothing / Sewing

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In the French heritage, commonly from early 1800s to the mid 1900s, sewing and creating clothing was an extremely popular practice for women. http://www.millmuseum.org/history/captains-of-industry/sewing-revolution/
Women spent so much time at this task that they often combined it with socializing. The people of French background often used the loom and corn cob sewing tool in conjunction with each other. The sewing tool allowed the threads to be loaded onto the loom by 20-30 at a time. The purpose of the loom was to weave cloth and tapestry and was used among many families. Many fabrics such as wool, linen, cotton, and silk were then available in order to make clothing. The French people used many sewing techniques because they home spun their clothes.

For further reading on French sewing traditions, visit http://www.louisianafolklife.org/LT/Virtual_Books/Keeping_It/creole_book_keep_cotton.html

Creator

Marcus Chopin, Emily Frederick, Kendra Moss

Items in the Clothing / Sewing Collection

Looms in Cajun French history
This loom in the video was made 200 years ago and used in Louisiana associated with Louisiana French history. The loom seen here were generally used outside or in a barn and is also made of sugar cane reeds…

Corn Cob Reinvented
The loom began being used in the 1800s, and the corn cob sewing tool was used in conjunction with it. The tool in the video was used as the women would load their corncobs with thread of all the same color using a special tool. When they warp the…

Garde Soleil (Bonnet)
Made by Edmonia Primeaux Lacassire (1886 - 1967) in the early 1960s
Born near Bayou Lacassire but moved to Lake Arthur, La

Doll Dress #3
A doll's dress sewn by the contributor's great grandmother.

Doll Dress #2
A doll's dress sewn by the contributor's great grandmother.

Doll Dress #1
A doll's dress sewn by the contributor's great grandmother.

Doll Bonnet
A doll's bonnet sewn by the contributor's great grandmother.

Gentlemen's Clothes Advertisement
Scan of an advertisement for gentlemen's clothes

Shoe Advertisement
Scan of a newspaper article

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