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Babies' and toddlers' clothes

Photograph of a small child sitting on a chair in a garden

Elspeth in the garden wearing a cashmere coat, c1913-14
© courtesy of Dr Alexine Tinne

The Tinne children, as babies and toddlers, owned a huge number of clothes. Most of them are made of natural materials like cotton, silk and wool, although a few are of man-made fibres like rayon that first became popular in the 1920s. Cotton was the most common fabric as it washed so well.

Small children's clothes did not change much in style over a long time. They often copied adult garments, like the combinations and the nightdress displayed in the exhibition.