Smocks were designed to protect countryside workers from the weather. This smock was worn in the late 1800s by John King, who was the last man to plough with a team of Oxen at Beckhampton, near Avebury. The blue colour is unusual for a smock and was probably created using woad plants. By the time John died in 1917, the smock had disappeared from the rural landscape. However, smocking has remained a popular construction technique, particularly for children’s clothes.
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