I was interested in the "ancient history" of the apron and did some research through antiquity. I found an interesting article featuring an Apron Goddess, Judy Vetrovec, from Fairview district in Oakland, California, which I have provided below. I found a few representative pictures to accompany the text!
ere's a brief rundown of the "Age of Aprons," as compiled by Vetrovec. Origin:The English word "apron" came from "naperon," the old French word for napkin or small tablecloth.Twelfth century:Guess who wore aprons first? Men, as hygienic, protective wear.Fourteenth century:
Dark-colored aprons started to be worn tied at the waist.Sixteenth and seventeenth centuries:Colors denoted the trade of the wearer. English barbers wore a checked pattern; butchers and porters, green; and masons, white.
Seventeenth century:Romantic notions began to blossom. Your beau is thinking of you if the apron becomes untied and drops off.