Thursday, 4 March 2010

Time to Start a Pinny Revival


My mum sent me this, thought it was just up my street.

The History of 'APRONS'




I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the menfolks knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

I don't think something else needs to be invented, we just need to have a pinny revival, bring back the pinny! They are an essential item and deserve a place in our homes today, okay..... maybe not the ones modeled by the lady above!!! Check out my Etsy shop here for some beautiful examples from Pukka Pinnies. More coming very soon!




1 comment:

Minky Magic said...

I have an old pinnie of my mum's and i always make the children wear theirs during cooking or art play. I love them - bring back the pinnie!