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I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.

Friday 23 September 2016

Traditional Welsh Womens' Clothing - Quilt Museum, Lampeter

Traditional Welsh Costume was first identified in Wales from the 1770's. Tourists described it in detail as it was different from clothes worn by rural English women. The main difference was the over-garments.

The bed gown was a short loose jacket, worn almost everywhere except in bed. They were sometimes made of wool, but mostly of printed cotton. Here we can see a deconstructed bedgown, which shows that it was a complex, tailored garment.

The Welsh hat with its tall crown was first worn in the 1830s and became an icon of Wales. Many were made by English hatmakers who used the same materials and techniques to make mens tophats. Welsh hats were expensive, fragile and awkward to store, hence worn by wives and daughters of affluent farmers at market and at special events. Production ceased after 1880.

Wool Shawls woven in Welsh woollen mills were worn for warmth.

 A collar could replace the shawl for dress events.

Stockings were handknitted, most that survive today were special gifts, such as these wedding stockings seen here.

The gown was finely tailored: the front was low cut above the waist and open below and there was a long tail. The gown was worn over a chemise and a shawl kept the neck warm. An apron covered the skirt at the front. A long cloak with a large hood was worn in bad weather.

Quilted flannel petticoats....

More knitted stockings....

Photo of two Welsh women...

An older woman, who looks to be wearing an old fashioned outfit.

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