Art Friday: Handwashing
After discussing hand-washing earlier this week (LINK), I thought it would be fun to look at some art on the very topic. I enjoy hand washing a few things, but if I had to do it all the time, I think the enjoyment would wear off very quickly!!! And I am sure it would be more fun in summer than in the middle of winter. We also use soaps and detergents that are kinder on our hands — not that many decades ago, soap was much harsher and damaged the hands. Plus we all have water in our homes that supply hot and cold — really ladies, its a luxury to hand wash in 2016 compared to 1816 or even 1916!!
|"Laundry Girl" by Morgan Weistling|
|Laundry duty - Morgan Weistling|
|This Is the Way We Wash Our Clothes by George Dunlop Leslie|
|A Little Laundry Maid~Vintage Postcard|
Whilst I might enjoy doing a small amount of hand washing during the week — most women of the past were thrilled to see the invention of the machine washer. It reduced the amount of time spent washing and was far less physical. They would think we were mad wanting to do more hand-washing!
However not all hand washing is pleasant and enjoyable. For many women in past centuries, it was a full time job which brought misery, affected their health, hurt their hands and wore them out completely. Whilst we romantize the past, it wasn't all beautiful and for these women, it was very unpleasant.
|Abram Arkhipov The Washer Women|