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Straw Work Apron
c 1860

I now have information from Veronica Main of Hat Plait who tells me she is certain the straw work motifs were almost certainly manufactured in the Azores. Straw grows on the islands and the workers used it to embroider the net. Patterns have remained constant and they incorporate the Swiss spruer pattern and imitation of the Swiss straw covered beads.


for decorative wear, probably made up in France or the Iberian peninsula, the black machine net ground applied with straw work flowers and fruits, embroidered with ivory silk outlines, two patch pockets with similar work, the waistband flaring out to lapet shape and with a bow midway to one tie, scalloped edges, 20 in d ; 50 cm.


Excellent amazingly. Clearly much treasured.


I have had a similar shaped straw work apron before but with different design and a late 19th century bodice (part of a dress).

The Strohmusuem im Park, Wohlen has an extensive collection. www.strohmuseum.ch

  • Johnston, Lucy Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail .  See a veil of the 1880s 772-1972. p 206.

  •  Main, Veronica Swiss Straw Work - Techniques of a Fashion Industry