The art of smocking
Smocking can be seen in many historical periods in different forms. Smocking can be traced back several centuries. Smocking was clearly popular in during the Renaissance in Europe. It was more common for boys to wear smocks in the late 19th and early 20th century, some adoring mother, did use smocking to decorate their sons’ smocks. Other garments like rompers also had smocking. And this has not disappeared today.
Smocking today is generally associated with the English in the 19th century, although clothing historians believe it has much more ancient origins and was worn in many European countries. Smocking is basically embroidery on pleats. The material has to be pleated before smocking. It is a handicraft, some would say an art form that has been passed down through generations. Smocking is associated today with smocks, both adults and children in the 19th century wore smocked with decorative smocking. Smocking despite the clear reference to the smock garment can be done on all kinds of fabric for a wide variety of uses, such as curtains, upholstery, and much more. Of course our interest at Patrizia Wigan Designs is with smocking on clothing. The primary garment here of course has been the smock, but modern smocking can be used for dresses and a variety of outfits for younger boys as well.