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The Rag Trade

The People Who Made Our Clothes

Publication Date15th March 2017

Book FormatPaperback

pages272

Illustrations32

Height235

Width156

Explores the rag trade of the nineteenth century.
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ISBN
9781445657295

This book is about people who worked in the rag trade in the nineteenth century – dressmakers and milliners, tailors, two shoemakers, a framework knitter, a family of corset manufacturers and a lace maker. It deals with the trades and their products, but also with the day-to-day lives of the protagonists, both at work and at home. Working people have always made up the majority of the population and their biographies can be just as complex and interesting as those of the rich and famous.


Featuring biographies of eleven different nineteenth-century clothing workers, Pam Inder explores a range of workers with a variety of backgrounds who worked for different sorts of clientele and did a variety of jobs. They have been chosen because records survive to illuminate their lives, but also because they have a story to tell. They are not necessarily typical, but nor are they atypical; aspects of their lives reflect experiences shared by many others in the same lines of work – be it difficult clients, financial problems, trouble with the law or the effects of grinding poverty. Some were successful, others were not – the dividing line between the two was a narrow one and often depended on luck as much as on judgement.

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