Our Mothers' Patterns

Creator(s): National Nikkei Museum and Heritage Centre

Sewing and dressmaking in the Japanese Canadian community is a legacy of pride, skill and accomplishment passed on from thousands of women who mastered this vital art to practice their craft in British Columbia and across Canada from the early part of the 20th century to the present. Sewing then was not only necessary for women of all ages to provide custom-made inexpensive clothing for themselves and their families, but was also a primary source of income for many Japanese Canadians excluded from mainstream businesses or professional occupations.

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