Writing by Lilla Bényi
Pockets on women's clothing carry an extremely important message, as they also symbolize gender equality, ensuring women's independence. To get a better idea of this, we need to study the history of fashion, which reveals significant aspects of women's politics.
The predecessors of the pockets can also be considered the rope-hung, smaller-sized containers that were common in the Middle Ages, allowing women and men to take their smaller items with them. A major innovation took place in the 17th century, as these bags began to be sewn inside clothes to hide personal items - thus actually creating pockets and with them the emphasis on traditional gender roles through the pockets.
These pockets were conveniently accessible to men (as they were placed on coats, vests, trousers), while they were fitted to women under their petticoats in a way that was difficult to access. Thus, women were not allowed to disclose their personal belongings until the end of the 18th century, when the use of purses became widespread. However, these small decorative bags were not suitable for storing money and valuables - according to this, women do not need a functional pocket because they do not have access to property.
At the turn of the 20th century, however, women's aspirations for independence became stronger, and campaigns led to the rethinking of women's clothing, among others, led by the Rational Dress Society . The “suffixed costume” with its many pockets also became popular at the time, and its name preached the feminist point of view - a suffocator for women who were the first to stand up and fight for the right to vote. And after the World Wars, it became necessary for women to get to work, so the promotion of the working female ideal came to the fore, which clearly required more practical clothing - pants and large pockets.
It is already clear from this that the pockets are in line with the current images of women, in which social policy actually plays a major role . This is well illustrated by the fact that as the industry needed less female labor , governments began to promote the work that women did for free in the household. Traditional gender roles have thus come to the fore, to which the pockets have also adapted. Unfortunately, to this day, smaller pockets are found on women's clothing.
In addition to functionality, at Print, we also keep women's independence in mind when designing large pockets for women's pieces.
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