Story: Unpaid domestic work

Sacking apron (3rd of 3)

Sacking apron

Aprons made from sacking, rather than the usual cotton fabric, were common during the economic depression of the 1930s and the Second World War. This apron has been made from a sack that originally contained glycerol monostearate, a common emulsifier for foods and cosmetics. Like many sacking aprons, it is trimmed with fabric, in this case probably the remnants left from making curtains.

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Private collection, Kerryn Pollock
Photographs by Marguerite Hill

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Matt Morris, 'Unpaid domestic work - Making clothes and preserving food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 August 2021)

Story by Matt Morris, published 11 Mar 2010