Story: Clothing and footwear manufacturing

19th-century tailoring (1st of 2)

19th-century tailoring

In the 19th century, clothes were tailor-made, which meant there was plenty of work for tailors and others who made clothing. These are the premises of T. T. Kerslake’s Palmerston North tailoring business, Temple of Fashion, about 1890. Those standing by the doorway are probably staff. In Palmerston North in 1893 there were 100 people in clothing trades, including 21 tailors and 41 women who were tailoresses or dressmakers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Robinson Collection
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Jane Tolerton, 'Clothing and footwear manufacturing - Māori and colonial clothing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2021)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 11 Mar 2010