[My Chamber of Textile Thoughts. No: XXXVIII | By Viveka Hansen]
The aim with this post is to present a couple of sample pages from my forthcoming monograph – including sailcloth weaving, dressmaking, material culture, knitting, laundry, dyeing of cloth and much more. This interdisciplinary study has also closely looked into manufacturing & trading, advertisements, port history, the importance of apprenticeships and the altogether far-reaching aspects of textiles’ social implications in society. Even if the foundation for this book is based on a local perspective, national comparisons as well as the long-lasting overseas trade for a coastal town like Whitby is discussed from a multitude of angles in various chapters of the book. The historical documentation is based on 8 years of textile research, emphasising the importance of a combination of theoretical and practical perspectives – demonstrating the overall significance of textiles for people’s daily life for more than 200 years.
A few words about the other chapters not mentioned in the sample pages:
- Chapter III – ‘Advertising of Clothes and Textile Materials in the Whitby Gazette’ (pp. 96-141) includes a wide range of textile studies from advertisements, announcement and the like of the local weekly newspaper Whitby Gazette from 1855 to 1914.
- Chapter VI – includes knitting traditions, the local ganseys, the photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe’s documentation of the fishing community, other knitted garments and tools for knitting (pp. 272-285).
- Chapter VII – ‘Dyeing, Washing and Mangling’ (pp. 286-309) comprise these subjects from a wide range of written/printed primary sources, textile tools and early photographs. Additionally the importance of the alum industry for natural dyeing is included here and likewise a special social history study based on laundry occupations via censuses from 1841 to 1911.
- Chapter VIII – ‘Samplers and other Embroideries’ (pp. 310-327) is based upon a large collection of samplers in the Whitby Museum together with a rich spectrum of other embroideries, tools, educational sewing, trading/shops and the professional workers involved with embroidery in Whitby.
- Chapter IX – ‘Textile Recycling and Economy’ (pp. 328-337) is reflecting over the important local rag trade and its health issues, followed by studies of handwritten documents and printed sources, tools and items related to rag rugs, quilts, mending of clothes etc.
- Three Appendixes (pp. 386-404) are included, based on the three most inclusive sources from my research of “people involved in textile occupations”. 1. The Whitby parish church register from 1676 to 1837. 2. Censuses from 1841 to 1911. 3. Advertisements in Whitby Gazette from 1855 to 1914.
- Notes, Bibliography & List of Illustrations.
- The volume is concluded with an extensive Index; divided into a main, persons and geographical index.
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Source: Sample pages (©Viveka Hansen) from the forthcoming book ‘The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914 – A lively coastal town between the North Sea and North York Moors’, see “NEWS”. [PUBLISHED JUNE 15TH, 2015.]
PLEASE REFERENCE AS FOLLOWS:
Hansen, Viveka, ‘Sample Pages – The Textile History of Whitby 1700-1914′, TEXTILIS (April 1, 2014); http://textilis.net/ (Accessed: Day/Month/Year)