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July 17, 2009

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William W. Overbey

The play of aprons is endlessly fascinating. Aprons are varied manifestations, junctions of utility and role, protection and decoration. Just as aprons came to symbolize gender repression, so they also once marked tradespeople and laborers who needed to protect precious clothing. Note that masons and clerics came to valorize their aprons elevating aprons to costume -- accepting one's role by embellishing to levels beyond simple utility. The utility of the apron involved identity.

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