Date: 1950s
Material: Paper


This booklet belonged to one of the seamstresses who used to work in the Shroud Room, and contains orders and instructions for making shrouds, gowns and robes, amongst other things. It offers us a great insight into which textile-based products Newman Brothers made, as many of the products and materials it mentions, do not actually feature in the surviving trade catalogues we have. These products include curtains and pillows and palls.

The image displayed illustrates a man’s shroud, which is identified by the collar – women’s shrouds in contrast had a neck frilling like a ‘ruff’. The collar appears to be made from flannelette, with trimmed braid and bonded fibre. It had a silk front with one button.

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women Industry & Manufacturing Commerce