Women’s Institute

The Women’s Institute Project

In 1981 eleven county groups of the Women’s Institute in Wales made reproductions of costumes for a National Celebration of Heritage.

These were carefully researched and exhibited at The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, Llanelwedd, 20-23 July, 1981; The National Eisteddfod, Machynlleth, 1-8 August, 1981 and the Weekend gathering of the Women’s Institutes, Aberystwyth 4-6 September, 1981. Postcards of each costume were produced and a bilingual booklet about them, which included an article on Welsh costume by Dr Ilid Anthony of the Welsh Folk Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff, was published.
The costumes included:
Denbighshire:              Denbighshire countrywoman, 18th century
Flintshire:                     Bridal costume of a fishergirl from Rhyl
Carmarthenshire:       Madam Bevan’s Costume
Ceredigion:                  Cardiganshire cottager, 19th century
Pembrokeshire:          Llangwm Fisherwoman
Gwent:                          Monmouthshire dairymaid, 19th century
Montgomery:              Montgomery countrywoman,, 19th century
Radnor:                        Radnor countrywoman, 19th century
Breconshire:                Breconshire spinner, 19th century
Meirionedd:                Many Jones’ costume, 18th century
Caernarfon:                 Caernarfonshire countrywoman, 19th century