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Pockets Of History

A two-part sewing and embroidery workshop inspired by fashion history

  • Ended
  • 50 British pounds
  • Silk Museum

Service Description

Between the 17th and 19th centuries women’s pockets were separate from their clothing —pouch-like bags tied on under their clothes and accessed through slits in their petticoats and skirts. Historians have researched the objects women carried in these pockets, which were in some cases the only things they owned apart from their clothes — the tools they needed for their work, money, small keepsakes. Women slept with their pockets under their pillow to keep their things safe in shared houses or in marriages where they didn’t legally own anything. We can see how women valued their pockets by how they decorated them, mended them and left them to female family and friends in their wills. In these two linked workshops we will create our own pocket and decorate it with shapes, symbols and even words that are important to us, creating a link with women of the past and a special space in our lives for treasures and secrets. The workshops will be led by Dr Ailsa Holland, poet and historian, who learned sewing and embroidery from her mother. You don’t need to be an expert! The decoration can be as simple or complex as you wish and we will provide support with embroidery and with sewing the pockets together.

Contact Details

  • Macclesfield Silk Museum, Park Ln, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, UK


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