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Museum of Mataró. Can Marfà Knit Fabric

Undershirt and petticoat

Women’s undershirt and petticoat set
First quarter of the 20th century
Mataró
Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Mataró

Women’s undershirt and petticoat set

First quarter of the 20th century

Mataró

Photo: Eusebi Escarpenter. Museum of Mataró

This is a set of women’s cotton undergarments made up of a ribbed knit off-white undershirt with an opening in the front secured with mother-of-pearl buttons, and a jersey petticoat with three horizontal bands which give an évasé shape to the lower part, which was tied at the waist with a string. Both pieces are samples of the kinds of goods in which the Maresme region specialised starting in the late 19th century, which led Mataró to become the regional capital specialising in knit fabric, just like East Midlands (England), Troyes (France) and Chemnitz (Germany).

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