Chapter

Clothing

John Demos

in A Little Commonwealth

Second edition

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195128901
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853960 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128901.003.0004
Clothing

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This chapter examines the clothing of Pilgrim settlers in Plymouth Colony. The clothing in common use among the settlers was surprisingly diverse in terms of type, materials, method of manufacture, and recognized values. Like household furnishings, clothes represented money in the bank and many of the wealthier people accumulated them in extremely large quantities. Clothing was not only a good investment for a man of some means; it was also a way of demonstrating his standing in the larger community and of confirming his own self-image.

Keywords: clothing; Pilgrim settlers; Plymouth Colony; status symbol; self-image

Chapter.  2188 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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