circa 1850
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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