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|Collection:||Applied Art - Costume|
|Date:||1851 c - 1851 c|
|Attributed to:||Harris & Tomkins - View history|
The smock was a practical garment worn by farm labourers and tradesmen. They were protective over-garments, based on a simple pattern of rectangles. Over time they became fuller for warmth and freedom of movement. The embrodiery technique of 'smocking' controlled the fuller fabric. This evolved into a complex decorative technique using many designs such as floral or rural subjects and inscriptions.
|Presented by S Pepper Esq, 1924.|
|Production Period:||19th Century|
|Medium:||Plain-weave linen, hand-sewn;,embroidered in linen thread.|
|Place of Origin:||Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England|