Colonial Trade

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Colonial Trade

The other primary 18th-centurywoman's trade was that of mantua making – or gown making. On occasion, the apprenticeship for milliners also included learning the skills of mantua making. Independent of a millinery shop, the gown maker was on par with the tailor – both were skilled in cutting, fitting, and sewing but usually were not able to sell fabric to their customers. In the 18th century, fabric accounted for the largest part of the cost of clothing.

In the 18th century, millinery shops were almost always owned by women. From fabric sold in the shop, milliners would make items such as shirts, shifts, aprons, neckerchiefs, caps, cloaks, hoods, hats, muffs, ruffles and trim for gowns.

The Paretti Milliner Shop

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