home economics departmetn, shopping aids
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
It has been said that quality speaks for itself, and this is especially true of quality in material. The design and color of a garment may be lovely, but if a closer observation reveals the fact that the material is poor in quality, the dress immediately loses some of its former charm. To be able to recognize quality is the first requisite of a good buyer. What is the basis for judging quality? The question is difficult to answer, since some of the requisites of quality are not tangible. It is the tangible points on which a study of materials may be made. The others will come as the person familarizes herself with textiles. It is true that most people have very little information on this subject, yet every woman comes in contact with textiles in many forms every day. So many women place themselves at the mercy of salespeople who may know even less than they do concerning fabrics. The wise woman will become acquainted with the many facts surrounding textiles and develop herself into an intelligent and independent buyer. The suggestions given here should serve merely as a guide for the study, and the woman wishing to continue her study should train herself to feel cloth and to learn how to distinguish different kinds. She will find materials for her study right at hand; her own clothing, household linens and even the piece bag offer many possibilities.
Andrews, Anita, "Aids for the Shopper" (1929). SDSU Extension Circulars. 283.