Help me find a recent article about stockings and economic downturn...?
February 2, 2017 6:22 AM   Subscribe

I read an article on historic fabric cutters recently but I can't seem to find any trace of it anywhere, and I've been racking my brain for days. Help!

Within the last few weeks, surely since Jan 1, I read an article somewhere that discussed people who used to cut fabric for hose/tights/stockings, which were the main style of leg wear for men at the time. I believe it was 1700-1800. The gist of the piece was that these people made a huge amount of money, particularly for that time and what they did, and were hard hit by cheaper fabric that was cut sloppily but cost far less. There were periods of resistance, compromise and transition, but this entire class of crafters basically crashed and burned, as you would expect.

I've searched Google, been through my RSS feeds, bookmarks, history, Twitter, and so on to no avail. Did anyone else read this, or perhaps a student of history can refresh my memory as to some specifics that might make Google more responsive?

Thank you!
posted by dozo to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (2 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Was it this one about the Luddites?
posted by knownassociate at 9:17 AM on February 2, 2017

YES, it was. Thank you! You saved my brain.
posted by dozo at 5:35 AM on February 3, 2017

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