Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Woman's Work

Domestic Handicrafts in the 19th Century

From the ordinary housewife, whose plain sewing provided her family with clothing and linens, to the women of privilege whose forays into handiwork tended toward the decorative, virtually all American women in the 1800s practiced some form of domestic handicraft. This exhibit offered a glimpse into the work of these individuals in terms of needlework, lace, hooked rugs, and woven coverlets along with the tools and devices used to create these works.

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