Re: second hand clothes
- Yes , it's a bit off topic
I'm not trying to start an argument, but the
comment on clothing going straight to the paper
makers didn't sit with what I have gotten from
other SCA 'experts' so I asked....
I'd be interested in more info for your position
just as a educational experience...
> OK, here's my 2 cents...Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart
> I find the comment "all their clothes and excess
> fabrics go straight to the paper maker" rather
> interesting. Everything that I have read regarding
> how clothing was discarded leads me to the opinion
> that one of several things happened to clothing
> after it's original owner was finished with the
> garment or it became no longer useful. 1) If the
> owner died, many of the items where bequeathed to
> other people - depending on the garment possibly
> lesser family members, loyal servants, etc. 2) Many
> garments were �re-worked� to change their appearance
> so they appeared to be newer garments. After a
> garments color faded, re-dying the garment a
> different color, adding or removing decoration. 3)
> Throughout history the second hand clothing trade
> has always been very brisk. A wealthier person in
> need of ready cash could take some garments to a
> second hand clothing shop to sell. I would image
> that many of the servants that received clothing in
> wills or in lieu of other payment sold the
> clothing. I freely admit I haven�t done extensive
> research on this subject. It just seems to me it
> would be more practical to resell the garment of a
> wealthy person as is than selling it to the rag man
> to be made into paper. Eventually it ends up in the
> rag bin but it would have the potential for many
> more uses before being discarded.
> My next example is one of wealth bias. I search for
> evidence of tertiary use of fabrics after they have
> past their original intentional use. Rich people who
> write and did most of the documention have made it
> clear that all their clothes and excess fabrics go
> straight to the paper maker. It doesn't take a moron
> to figure out poor (illiterate) people use it until
> dies THEN they sell it to the paper maker. They make
> blankets, rugs, dolls or potholders out of their
> clothes after they have outlived their usefullness.
> The only evidence revealed to me to date has been
> extant evidence of people using it to fill gaps in
> viking ships. Emergency use. A kingdom level
> ministress of arts provided me with this evidence
> the statment that this was ALL that was done with
> out fabric.... there was no documentation so it
> OBVIOUSLY was not done in period.
> Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart
> Aude Aliquid Dignum
> ' Dare Something Worthy '
> Discover Yahoo!
> Use Yahoo! to plan a weekend, have fun online and
> more. Check it out!
Aude Aliquid Dignum
' Dare Something Worthy '
Do You Yahoo!?
Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around