Story: Rural clothing

Wash day

Wash day

A woman and two men stand outside a dwelling thatched with nīkau palm fronds in the Waikato in 1863, with washing drying on lines. Women’s long dresses were rather impractical in a damp bush environment, and their hems were often muddy.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-004135; F
Photograph by William Temple

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Bronwyn Labrum, 'Rural clothing - Womenswear', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

Story by Bronwyn Labrum, published 24 Nov 2008