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Wash tub & underskirt decorated with Ayrshire embroidery

Description:

Clothes were washed using a mixture of wood ash and fat in a round stave built tub such as this one.  Linen and white cotton items were bleached by the sun, although a night's frost was said to improve their whiteness greatly!  Starch could be made from grain or rice, but the most common source was potatoes. 

Materials/Media:
metal, iron, wood
Dimensions:
diameter top 420mm, diameter bottom 390mm, height 232mm
Source:
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Digital Number:
SQDM002n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council