English Smocks or smock-frocks were the traditional garb of country labourers and agricultural workers in the eighteenth century, dating back to much earlier times, and remaining popular in some areas well into the nineteenth century. Smocks became associated with a nostalgic and rural way of life,
A reversible or round smock dating from the 1840s. It was worn at Mount Farm, Kirkby Laythorpe, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The dye from this smock was made from woad, a plant, and the embroidery is in a contrasting brown thread.