The “Naperon”

Did you know that the word “apron” was derived from the French word “naperon”, meaning a small tablecloth, aprons have been worn to protect garments, and indicate status. The apron has long been a symbol of generosity and hospitality. In Europe, during the Middle Ages, aprons were worn by homemakers, working people, tradesmen, and artisans. Distinctive aprons could indicate a man’s trade. English barbers wore checkered aprons. Stonemasons wore white aprons to protect their clothing from the white dust created by their tools on the stone. Cobblers wore black to protect garments from the black wax used on shoes. Butchers wore blue stripes. Butlers wore green aprons. Blue was commonly worn by weavers, spinners and gardeners.

 

 

 

Here at Arcadia Farms we are fortunate to offer some of the most beautifully created aprons we have ever seen! These works of art in textile form are hand created by local artist Lynne Bonnell. Lynne was raised in Brooklyn and has been a creative individual her whole life! We have featured many of Lynne’s creations in the Marketplace. Currently we have a gorgeous selection of aprons crafted of  beautiful vintage fabrics, flour sacks, grain sacks, ticking stripes and sumptuous florals!

Lynne’s work is meticulous right down to the tiniest detail. Each apron comes with Lynne’s tag hand stitched inside and the aprons are all washable.

She spends a great deal of time searching out fabrics and unique elements to enhance these works of art. Most all aprons are one of a kind as the fabrics are scarce.

 

Just look at this combination with the ticking stripe and vintage flour sack. These aprons are meant to be handed down from one cook to the next, Gram then Mom then the wee one!

Though aprons had long been popular and often included in a picture of a homemaker, the late 1940’s saw the apron become the icon of the American housewife as domestic goddess. After the horrors of World War II, people who grew up with privations of the Great Depression welcomed the simple aspects of home life and family. It must be remembered that during the war, as well as during the Great Depression, families were often uprooted and members separated, many never to be seen again.  A simple, well run home with an intact family seemed like paradise.

 

The apron became the symbol of family, mother, and apple pie ideals. Aprons signified a cozy kitchen, and enough food for everyone. This uniform of the American housewife could be plain and practical, fun themed and kitschy, or sheer or ruffled for dress or hostess duties.

Recently the apron has made a comeback due to several cultural factors. The increased popularity of cooking and the back to the kitchen movement brought aprons back in a big way. Between cooking shows on the Food Network and a new appreciation for quality meals made from scratch, the apron is once again used for practical reasons!

We invite and encourage you to visit The Marketplace while we have a varied selection of these charming aprons! You can connect with Lynne on Instagram HERE, she is our girl crush!

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