Tie One On Aprons

Collecting Aprons Aprons are memory makers not just a piece of cloth designed to keep a person's clothes safe from stains. What do you think about when you think of aprons? For me, they symbolize motherhood, an unconditional love and time spent with family. I think of my grandmother. She wore an apron constantly and I suppose that, when I was younger, I considered it to be a symbol of matriarchy the queen of the home and the magical cloth that helped make the meals taste so good! Now that I really think about it, I don't have very many memories of my grandmother not wearing an apron. Her apron was like her trademark.

When I think about aprons, I think of my mother's or grandmother's home cooked meals about how they used to let me help roll out the dough or help wash the dishes and how, every once in a while, that magical apron would gently brush my little arms as I scrambled with excitement to help. I wanted to wear an apron like theirs so I could play the role of the cook, cleaner or mother. If I didn't have an apron, how could I ever hope to accomplish this?

Collecting Aprons also remind us of the 'June Cleaver' type of woman of history's past and they remain as a symbol of the hard work and talent that many women strive to maintain throughout the years a little bit of personality embroidered into a cloth that was worn during the long hours of tedious work that it takes to help maintain a family. Creative, resourceful, loving and hard working is just a few of the many words that can be used to describe the women who wore an apron. Each of them has left a little piece of themselves behind while wearing it and it is now for us to imagine who that woman was and what she was like. Unfortunately, we do not know much about these fantastic pieces of artistry because those who made them rarely left any clues to their name behind.Just like the age old saying, Tied to mother's apron strings, the apron is also a symbol of home. It is a memory of the love and happiness that many do not want to let go of. That is why many giving advice to the mother say that it is time to cut the apron strings. This phrase symbolizes a mother's attachment to her children making it difficult to grasp the fact that the adult child is now wanting to move out of the home and/or out of state to begin a life of their own. Overall, the apron is a symbol of the love of our family and an item that reminds us of where we came from.

Who Made Aprons And Why?
Collecting The women who created these aprons expressed a great deal of their creativity within them. They made a beautiful work of art out of something as simple as a piece of cloth and completed all of this while still completing the duties of the home that they were confined to. Unfortunately, many left this world in silence and without the proper recognition for their glorious work.

What could make a vintage, one of a kind piece of cloth from days gone by so collectible? For me, it is the cherished memories. The apron takes me on a journey. It makes me think of the woman who wore it before me what she was like, how she chose to raise her children, what her favorite activities were, how hard she worked to keep up her home, and what types of meals she cooked. I often wonder if this woman was happy as I can feel the presence of the prior owner in each individual hand made piece that I come into contact with.

The hundreds of vintage hand made aprons that I have each have their own artistic style and each have a distinct personality as well as an interesting story woven deeply within the fabric.

Collecting Aprons Aprons Throughout Time

Collecting At the beginning of the 19th century the long plain aprons were popular. These aprons were not very fancy and were made for function and not for fashion. Most of these aprons were made from feed and flour sacks which were commonly used in that time. These aprons were long and often went to the ankles of the women wearing them. The majority of them were just a plain solid white cloth.

1920's-1930's
Collecting During this era, we began to notice the hand embroidered apron and the more common use of cotton and silk fabrics in the apron. The fashion of the apron was becoming more noticeable. Several other colors and designs were starting to show up around the waists of many homemakers.

1940's
Collecting The aprons that were created in the 1940's were loose fitting and the majority of them were made of cotton. These aprons are generally a full length style similar to the bib or cobbler apron. These aprons were fashioned to protect a larger part of the woman's clothing. Most of the aprons that I find from this era are often discovered in an attic or are found during a search in an antique shop.

1950's
Collecting You can notice the changing times in the aprons of the 50's. There are more organdy and synthetic fabrics that are being fashioned into aprons making the item look more fancy and delicate. The washing machine and other appliances started to become popular as well making the cleaning of the apron a lot simpler. During this time period, the plastic apron also emerged a quick solution that was also easy to clean or dispose of when the work was finished.

1960's
Collecting Vivid colors and several combination of decorations and embellishments were implemented into the apron during the 1960's. Kitchens were also not the stark white that they once were. People were starting to paint their kitchens a more vibrant color and wallpaper also became a popular decoration for many kitchens. There were various shapes and designs during this time period with polka dots and flowers being a large amount of them. Aprons were breaking through into the world of fashion.

1970's
Collecting The 1970's brought with it a less gender specific apron. It was common to see barbecue aprons for men and text aprons for either sex. Text aprons were embroidered or embellished with such sayings as, The Boss, The Cook, and Kiss the Cook. There were also souvenir aprons that were fashioned with state maps so that aprons could be collected from each state during travels.

Collecting And Wearing Aprons Today
Collecting It is now a new millennium. Even in this day and age women are still collecting these vintage aprons. Several of the women collect them so that they can wear them, while others collect them just to have a neat little piece of history nestled inside their modern home. These popular sellers pay homage to years gone by. The women who worked hard to ensure the happiness and healthiness of their families will be forever remembered in the fantastic and ever changing designs of the apron.
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