You Should Be Reading: Dressing the Poor: The Provision of Clothing Among The Lower Classes in Eighteenth-Century Madrid

This week, Worn Through would like to highlight “Dressing the Poor: The Provision of Clothing among the Lower Class in Eighteenth-Century Madrid” and encourage you to add it to your reading lists.

Barahona, Victoria López; Sánchez, José Nieto. “Dressing the Poor: The Provision of Clothing among the Lower Class in Eighteenth-Century Madrid.” Textile History vol. 43, no.1 (2012): 23-42.

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Abstract: This article examines the role of clothes in the survival strategies of the labouring poor in eighteenth-century Madrid, as well as the means of supply and distribution of these products, which included both mercantile (including buying and selling, pawning and payments in kind) and non-mercantile relations (including inheritance, charity and theft). This approach aims, firstly, at bringing to light the role of second-hand clothing trades and markets in the eighteenth-century European urban economy, together with the importance of non-mercantile methods of provision; secondly, at providing some clues to explain the increasing consumption of textiles in eighteenth-century towns whose populations were experiencing a loss of purchasing power.

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