Traditional Welsh Nursing Shawl
The very early Nursing shawls were often in plain colours but towards the end of the nineteenth century simple plaids became more fashionable , usually simple cream or fawn with a little addition of colour .
The original nursing shawl used by both men and women was intended to wrap baby close keeping hands free to work or carry shopping . More affordable than a pram and certainly easier to manage in the steep sided Welsh valleys .
There are very few nursing shawls remaining that are in excellent condition. They were very fine ply and started life by being pressed under hot coals to create a smooth finish against the skin . They were then very well used often by generations of families ,and because of the nature of that use well washed too !
This shawl whilst sill very usable has seen life - it has darns and some small damage .
It is however perfect to drape or throw - a of lovely historic Welsh textile
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