Story: Sewing, knitting and textile crafts

Women’s war work, 1942

As they had done during the First World War, women made warm clothing for New Zealand men serving in the Second World War. They spun wool and knitted socks, scarves and jumpers. By May 1945 1,168,963 items had been knitted. This film from 1942 shows women spinning and knitting for naval servicemen.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: They toil and spin. National Film Unit, 1942.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Sewing, knitting and textile crafts - Knitting, spinning and weaving', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013