Dovenby WI May 2019
The meeting was opened by President Nita Eubank welcoming the members, visitors and Olga Hetherington, the speaker for the evening.
Secretary, Sheila Martin read the March minutes. The April meeting was a visit to Dobbies' Garden Centre, Dalston, followed by afternoon tea. Everyone who attended was delighted with their day out. Sheila reminded members about the August trip to the Lakes Distillery.
Nita finished with the County News. She then introduced Olga, the speaker and her friend Pat. The topic was 'The History of Fashion', but it included the production of cloth which went back thousands of years. Olga explained that there is no easy way to determine when clothing was first developed, but information has been inferred from the study of lice, which goes back roughly 42,000 to 72,000 years. Body lice are an indicator of clothes wearing. Earliest clothing consisted of fur and leather. The early sewing needles of bone and ivory have been dated from at least 30,000 BC.
Olga's knowledge was excellent, talking in depth about Egyptian linen and Chinese silk, with the introduction of colour by using plant dyes and the use of urine to fix colours. The influence of fashion was illustrated by photos, paintings and mosaics. Clothes have certainly influenced our lives and comparing present day fashion with fashion from the past, we are certainly more comfortable than our ancestors with the rejection of the corset.
Nita thanked Olga for a very enjoyable and fascinating talk.
The Competition, a scarf, was won by Sheila
Martin, with Hilary Hallewell in second place.
Meetings are usually held at Bridekirk Dovenby School on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. More details, contact details and a programme are to be found on http://www.bridekirkparish.org.uk/wi