Where did pockets even come from?

March 11, 2016

Where did pockets even come from?

Did you know that the word pocket comes from the Anglo-Norman word "pokete" and has roots to the Germanic root word "bag?"

No? Us either.

Pockets began in European clothing in the 17th century and were hung like purses from a belt, underneath the women's petticoats. Women would stick their hands through a slit in the dress to get at whatever treasures were in their pockets. Imagine that ... well-hidden purse-like pockets that were unattached to our clothing. These dresses with pockets sound bulky, don't they?

Looking to the modern day pocket that we know today, the purse-like pockets have morphed into additional fabric that is sewn onto our clothes. Wouldn't it be great if pockets can morph onto ALL of our clothing and in a way where it would fit our smart phones and still look fabulous?

We think so!






Photo of the historical pocket courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum

 

 



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