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Colchester Historeum

Booties, Baby

Accession number: 04.3381
Category: Footwear
Date: 1900 – 2000
Materials: Fabric
Measurements: 14 cm L x 7 cm W
Narrative: Earliest examples of knitting are found in Egypt, the earliest examples are of finely decorated socks made at the beginning of the first millennium AD. The first knitting trade guild was started in Paris in 1527. Knitting remains a popular pastime in many countries. A bootie is akin to a thick sock. The purpose of a booties is to keep the feet warm. They are usually worn by people who do not walk-babies- as walking would soon wear holes in the soft soles. Dorothy Harrity was married to a man with the name of Gordon E. Harrity. They both moved here in 1980 when they were retired.
Description: Fine wool. Knit 2, purl 2. Ribbing at top 4 cm- white yarn. Leg in garter stitch, eyelets worked every 6th stitch and every 3rd row. Foot blue vamp, white sole, quarter stitch. Sewn down centre foot and back of leg. Beading row worked through middle of ribbing and at top of foot, white satin ribbon threaded through holes and tied at front.
Manufacturer: Harrity, Dorothy

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