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Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?

Paul Burke 20 Oct 08 - 08:07 AM
GUEST, Sminky 20 Oct 08 - 09:28 AM
Emma B 20 Oct 08 - 10:27 AM
Mr Happy 20 Oct 08 - 10:28 AM
sian, west wales 20 Oct 08 - 10:33 AM
Emma B 20 Oct 08 - 10:44 AM
GUEST, Grimmy 20 Oct 08 - 10:49 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: Paul Burke
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 08:07 AM

A couple of female friends are off to visit a country with a fairly traditional Muslim population. They intend to comply with local dress codes- no point in stirring up animosity- and I suggested that using a Lancashire shawl as a head covering would be both polite to their hosts and incorporate traditional English dress. You can see some in the Mitchell and Kenyon collection. But I haven't been able to find a source for them so far. Anyone know of one?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 09:28 AM

She's a lassie from Lancashire,
Just a lassie from Lancshire,
She's a lassie that I love dear, Oh! so dear.
Though she dresses in clogs and shawl,
She's the prettiest of them all,
None could be fairer or rarer than Sarah,
My lassie from Lancashire.

They still make shawls in Lancashire, though they all seem to be for the export market these days. Shawls had largely morphed into Hilda Ogden headscarves when I were a lad, though some of the old-timers still wore them.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: Emma B
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:27 AM

I remember the Mary Ellens Liverpool street flower sellers) and their characteristic shawls from my childhood.
One of the best known, Lizzie Christian, pictured here had a famous pitch in Clayton Square until having to move from her regular spot outside what was then the new St. John's Precinct


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: Mr Happy
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:28 AM

More traditional working class garb here, http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=tQWPR9TM0Gk


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: sian, west wales
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:33 AM

If you have problems finding them locally, Welsh shawls (nursing shawls) can be bought from several of our mills - and I'm pretty sure they're available at the Folk Museum in Cardiff as well. I may be calling in there tomorrow; if so, I'll check the prices. They look like the ones as per the link provided.

Be a bit heavy for warmer climes, I would think, although they might be producing them in some lighter weights these days.

sian


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: Emma B
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:44 AM

Pit brow woman from an Atherton colliery in 1905


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where can I get Lancashire shawls?
From: GUEST, Grimmy
Date: 20 Oct 08 - 10:49 AM

I like this photo but what's this all about?


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