Episode 25

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Dressmaking (Our Mothers Patterns) 

Newspaper clipping from Our Mother’s Patterns exhibit

 

SJCTM – 25 – Dressmaking

Sewing was an important occupation for Japanese Canadian women before and during the Second World War, not only to clothe themselves and their families, but also as one of the few professions which was not barred to them in the racist climate of the time. Many pre-war issei and nisei women were skilled technicians, attending schools to learn how to draft their own patterns. In this episode, Raymond and Carolyn discuss some of what they learned about this history from the Nikkei National Museum’s online exhibit, Our Mother’s Patterns.

View the online Our Mother’s Patterns exhibit