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Hessian Laundry Apron

Object Number: R17070

This home-made object is a wonderful example of creativity and art in a purely functional item made from available coarse materials in a time of scarcity.  A laundry apron was a necessity for protection when washing clothes meant working at a copper boiler over a fire. This apron is made from a hessian sugar bag, and the name Colonial Sugar can be found printed on the inside of the apron. It is beautifully bound in red and white cotton fabric, the hessian is fringed along the bottom, and of course it has large pockets to hold clothes pegs.  Made in the 1930s/1940s, this apron still looks new. It was donated to the Museum’s collection by Valerie Just in 2018.