Clothing and Textiles Collection: Hat Collection

Plumes that Pay

A poem from the Sorrowful Rhymes of Working Children How doth the manufacturer Improve the ostrich tail? By willowing the scraggy ends Until they’re fit for sale. How cheerfully he sits and smiles Throughout the livelong day, While children knot the tiny flues And make the plumes that pay. ‘Willowing’ consists of lengthening the short … Continue reading