March 2019 Meeting

March 2019 Meeting

March 10: "Muslin: An Insubstantial Fabric with a Surprising History and Political Weight" by JASNA-Greater Louisville member and Jane Austen Festival KY Founder, Bonny Wise

As we continue to explore the intricacies of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, we turn to the topic that Henry Tilney knew much of: Muslin.

“Do you understand muslins, sir?”

“Particularly well; I always buy my own cravats, and am allowed to be an excellent judge; and my sister has often trusted me in the choice of a gown. I bought one for her the other day, and it was pronounced to be a prodigious bargain by every lady who saw it. I gave but five shillings a yard for it, and a true Indian muslin.”

Mrs. Allen was quite struck by his genius. “Men commonly take so little notice of those things,” said she; “I can never get Mr. Allen to know one of my gowns from another. You must be a great comfort to your sister, sir.” Northanger Abbey,
 Chapter 3

In Bonny Wise's presentation, we will learn about muslin's troubled history and its contradictory meanings. From the weavers huts in Bengal, to the British Isles and then to America. Fortunes were made and lost!

The meeting will start at 2 p.m. and will be held at Locust Grove in the Audubon Room. Afternoon Tea and treats will be served after the presentation.

Photo courtesy of UVM Edu