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a textile & costume history blog from the Design Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Online lecture: Tools of the Trade – Women & Textiles in the 19th Century


As the opening event of Power & Pomp: Fashion History Month at the Library Company of Philadelphia, curator Jade Papa gave a talk about the history of women’s roles in Philadelphia’s textile industries in the 19th century. Along with Jade, Emily Radomski, third-year textile design student and collection intern, presented historic textile tools from the Textile & Costume Collection and explained how they were used.

To accompany the presentation, the Library Company hosted a small exhibit of some of our textile tools and passementerie trims made in Philadelphia by F.W. Maurer & Sons. Click below to watch a recording of the lecture. Also included below are images from the exhibit and presentation. We’d like to thank the Library Company of Philadelphia for this wonderful collaborative opportunity.

Photograph, Textile Workers, Textile Industry Historical Collection, Thomas Jefferson University Archives & Special Collections, Gutman Library, Philadelphia, PA
At left, T&CC 2001.6.7a, trim sample by F.W. Maurer
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