Boys' Clothing Glossary: "Y"

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We have begun to build a glossary of boys' clothing terms. As boys clothes until the 19th century was the sane as adult male clothing, we have included many applicable men's clothing terms. We have also included some women's terms as younger boys commonly wore dresses until the 20th century. As HBC is extensively used by non-native English speakers we plan to give considerable attention to this glossary so that words can be looked up. It will also serve as an index as we will provide links to the appropriate pages. We eventually hope to add foreign words, but that will take some time.

Yoke: The yoke in clothing terms is a piece fitted around the neck or shoulders, or less commonly the hips, of a specific garment, and thus varying in shape. The rest of the garment hangs from it. The term is derived from the aparatus fitted around the neck of draft animals to enable them to pull wagons or plows. Smocking and embroidery work is often applied to the yoke of garments like blouses, dresses, and smocks and in France rompers.

Christopher Wagner

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Created: October 25, 2001
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