* Dutch boys clothes: material

Dutch Boys' Clothes: Material

Figure 1.--This is a Dutch Vanel postcard with a dramatic setting. the greeting 'hartelijke gefeliciteerd' meaning congratulations. The boy wears a short pants knit outfit. The postcard is undated, but we would guess it was made about 1950. It is a real photopodtcard, but a commercial one not a family portrait.

We have not yet compiled a great deal of information about the material and fabrics used for Dutch boys clothing. Many of the same fabrics were used throughout Europe. There are, however, differences between country as to the use and popularity of different fabrics. Often Governments incouraged the purchase of domestic fabrics. Ceratinly knits were extensively worn in the Netherlands, for many farmenrs besides sweaters. We also have compiled information some information on corduroy.


HBC has developed considerable information on Dutch boys clothing, but we do not yet have much information on corduroy. We do not yet have any written reportsm but believe it was a popular fabric for boys clothes, especially for pants. One 1952 magazine ad for heavy sweaters show a boy wearing wide weal cord trousers. A Dutch reader reports that corduroy was popular and commonly worn in the Netherlands into the 1970s. By the 2000s, however, only older men wear cord pants. wear pants of this material. While popular rib-cord, small weal, wide weal, all types were worn. One reader reports, "In the late-1960s and early 70s, I had blue and yellow coloured small weal pants. In the summer my mother made short shorts from the winter pants, not simply cut-offs but with a neat hem."


One very popular type of garment in the Netherlands were knit outfits. Knit sweathers were of course popular throughout Europe. I am not sure when knit sweaters first appeared, probably in the late 19th century. Another popular European style was knit sweaters and matching short pants. In the Netherlands, however, these knit outfits were worn with both short and long pants. They are usually easy to identify in old photographs because they were more form fitting than regular pants. These knits outfits were usually made in sizes up to about 10 years of age. Only limited chronological information is available. HBC has not noted these knit sets before World War II (1939-45). They were particularly popular in the 1950s and 60s.


The Dutch word for velvet is "fluweel".


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