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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 Excerpt: ...cost the importer as low as $6 a dozen, including the duty of 60 per cent, and these sell for 75 cents each at retail. Practically all of the importations, however, are of the medium and finer grades of goods, most of them being of the finer grades. Styles in lingerie change much more frequently in the United States than in Europe. Merchants who cater to the trade for the highest priced lingerie state that many American women prefer hand embroidery and handmade garments, but also that American styles are better than those of Europe. Factories in the United States have skillful designers and produce novelties. Consequently some of the leading merchants send samples of American styles to Europe and have garments made up according to designs originated in this country but made with all handwork. The finest embroidery is made in the Madeira and Canary Islands, but the amount of it is small. The finest that comes from the continent of Europe is made in Paris, but most embroidering is done in the rural districts. In the last three or four years there has been a noticeable development in the making of hand embroidery in the United States. The work here is done at home by the women immigrants who made embroidery before they left Europe. A large mus i Tariff Schedules: Hearings before the Committee on Ways and Means, 1913, p. 3945. lin underwear factory in New England conducted for several years a jobbing business in French hand-embroidered lingerie. Finding that the French factories from which importations were made were getting most of the profit, the New England manufacturer determined to produce hand-embroidered underwear in his own factory. The cloth, being cut and stamped with the desired design, is given out to the workers, who take it to their homes, embroid...
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