women’s organisations

A number of women’s organisations were either formed or proposed with one of their objectives being the wearing on Welsh costume.

Y Gymraes, a Welsh language magazine for women, 1850-1851, organised competitions for essays on the subject of Welsh costume (but many of the entries were by men).

Women’s choirs, established from the 1880s, and especially during the 1920s and 1930s, wore Welsh costume during at least part of their performances.

Some branches of the Women’s Institute, first established in Anglesey in 1915,  held events on or near St David’s Day (1st March), dressed in Welsh costume and in 1981 eleven of the thirteen county federations produced replica costumes.

1869 The Cambrian League
This was established to vindicate the rights and abolish the wrongs of the Welsh people … A National costume for males and female who attend meetings is to be adopted.
Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 19, 1869

1885
Would not the idea of a Society for Welsh women in the Principality become popular if advocated in the pages of the National Magazine; the objects being mutual patriotic intercourse, acquaintance with Celtic Literature, adoption of the Welsh costume, promotion of native industries and classes … for those desirous of learning their mother tongue.
‘Silurian Girl’, Brycheiniog, The Red dragon: the National Magazine of Wales‎, 1885, p. 379