For the first day of Women’s History Month for #historyinherhands “sharp” I offer straw splitters. Straw splitters were a small yet powerful tool in the hands of women both in the New England to Mid-Atlantic region of the US and in England as well as Italy. This tool split tubes of straw into narrower pieces which were plaited, or braided, into straw plait for hats and bonnets. Plaiting and sewing straw was a cottage industry in which women could earn money for themselves and their family.

Published in: on March 1, 2022 at 7:37 am  Leave a Comment  

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: