Early 1900s Boy’s Outfit
When you have old-fashioned skills like spinning and weaving, people assume you know about all things historical, and ask you to speak about them, especially to kids. Because I think it’s so important for kids to know where things come from, I am always happy to do these presentations.
Kids like learning about fiber processes, because they get to do a lot of hands-on activities, and they’re pretty sure there won’t be a test. We start with raw cotton and wool, card it, spin it, weave a little, and then finish up with a look at what they would have worn if they were child laborers in a cotton field or mill “back in the day.” I bought this boy’s outfit at a little antique shop to use in those presentations. (The cap actually belonged to my father-in-law when he was little.)
I think this outfit would have been both sturdy and comfortable. It’s not common to find boys’ clothes for sale – I guess boys were harder on their clothes, or less sentimental about keeping them!