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Contributed by: L'Heritage Vivant Living Heritage
Date: circa 1900
Location: Van Buren
Media: wood and metal wire
Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Date: circa 1885
Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.
Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.
The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.
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Cash price for carding wool was 4 cents per pound (approx. $.82 per pound today). Wool and hay continued to be large exports of Farmington well into…
He raised sheep for their wool, and the wool would have been sold for money, made into clothes, or used for household work.
… tan and brown.The fabrics were made of mostly wool and rarely made of cotton because of its expense.