Evolution in Apron Styles
Leather Apron have been a cook’s best friend for hundreds of years. Indeed aprons were used by both men and women long before they were seen on television in the 1950s. In the olden days it used to be associated with women who were supposed to be the homemakers and one rarely saw them without an aprons. It used to be longer than it is today almost like an extra garment worn above the dress. More emphasis was given to its function which was that of protecting the outfit worn inside from gathering dirt from everyday household chores. Since there were no washing machines or advanced cloth materials that were easy to wash in those days it was essential to protect them by wearing them.
As technology grew the length it shortened, and thus knee length ones began to come into existence. Aprons can be made up of cotton or a mixture of cotton and polyester thus making it easier to wash. Rubber aprons are used in factories. Almost all housemaids, waitresses, butchers are seen sporting aprons. There are two types of aprons, viz. one that starts at the waist below and the other is the bib apron that starts from the neck to the knee. The latter consists of a strap at the neck and two ribbons at the waist to be tied behind.
Today’s ones unlike in the past are more into fashion than just functionality. Aprons for all kinds of people are available like kid, men, bridal apron, mother-daughter apron sets, one sided aprons, reversible aprons, teen aprons and so on. The various designs available in the market makes apron wearing experience a fashion statement thus making the process of household chores like cooking rather interesting. Men are more interested in cooking these days and they tend to use these aprons as well. Though women aprons comes in large varieties of designs men’s apron are normally either striped or plain.
There is another kind of apron known as BBQ (barbeque) aprons that are thicker in fabric so that it protects from grease and grilling splatters. For wives it’s an exceptionally good idea to gift their husband bbq aprons and by adding a personalized touch to it they can imprint their loved ones’ name onto it. Apart from men, children are also seen to wear bibs and aprons unlike in the olden times. In fact children are the ones who need aprons the most because they are messy eaters and if they are doing something like an art work a mess is bound to happen. Also we have special flame and stain resistant aprons that are great options for children which give peace of mind to their parents.
New digital fabric printing technology has brought down the costs of custom printed fabrics which lets one to personalize accessories like aprons and gift it to their brides to be and their valentines as well. Thus commercialized another genre of aprons known as bridal and valentine aprons. While bridal aprons are normally white in color with customized messages written on them that might include the brides name or funny catchy messages for those light hearted moments the valentine aprons no doubt include a lot of red color to it and sport hearts and roses designs on them.
Thus aprons that have evolved to be more of a fashion statement from its functionality in the past never would go out of fashion. It is one thing that keeps evolving and is often found in most houses.