Sewing Kit


Both on the island and in "the States," many working women found jobs in textile mills and garment factories to support themselves and add to their family incomes. Poorer women took in piecework at home, and were often involved in the labor-intensive production of handmade garments that only the wealthy could afford. Needlework of all kinds-knitting, crocheting, and embroidery-and the use of sewing machines were seen as a material way for a young girl to help support her family.

Date Made: 20th centuryearly 20th century

Description (Spanish): Tanto en la isla como en "los Estados", muchas mujeres buscaban trabajo en las industrias textiles y fábricas de indumentaria a fin de contribuir con su propio sustento y el de sus familias. Las mujeres más pobres se llevaban el trabajo a la casa y a menudo formaban parte de la mano de obra intensiva que requería la producción de vestimenta hecha a mano, la cual sólo los ricos podían costear. Todo tipo de costura -tejido, crochet y bordado- se consideraba como un modo material mediante el que una joven podía colaborar con el sustento de la familia.Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico

Subject: Daily LifeHousehold Tools and Equipment


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Vidal


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Credit Line: Gift of Teodoro Vidal

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0097.0593.001Catalog Number: 1997.0097.0593.001Accession Number: 1997.0097

Object Name: sewing tool, embroidery needle

Physical Description: bone (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6.1 cm x .6 cm; 2 3/8 in x 1/4 in


Record Id: nmah_601181

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