Employed to compensate for restrictive fashions and to address a range of social and cultural needs, pockets and small bags are a microcosm of complex political, gender, and race history.
In our Sewing and Learning Workshop, participants can learn to sew and decorate a replica of a reticule, a kind of pocket purse, while immersing in the fascinating history of these small but significant objects.
Shirley Wajda has over thirty years’ experience in university teaching, public humanities, museum curatorship, and historical research and editing. She earned a Ph.D. in American Civilization and a Certificate in Museum Curatorship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a scholar of protest fashion, and was selected to lead the Enfield Shaker Museum in 2019.