Fashion and Needlework

The ability to sew was a necessity in Victorian England and became even more important on arrival in Christchurch. With thimbles, mushrooms and thread, the settler women provided clothes for their family and a much-needed income.

With a focus on the clothing of the early settlers, students will identify details of collection garments, explore the contents of a Victorian sewing box and understand the skills required to clothe their families.

Students will have the opportunity to handle some of the Museum’s extensive collection of replica clothing to understand both the social and functional purpose of clothing in New Zealand at the time.

Availability: All Year

Curriculum Links: Social Sciences, Nature of Technology, Technological Knowledge

Suitable for Year: 4 – 10

Length: 1 hour

Associated Cost: Koha appreciated

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