You might be thinking, “Do I really need this?” “Do I really need an apron?” Well, more than you might think. Baking aprons really are helpful in protection your outfit from stains. At the same time, it can even protect it from smelling like baked goods. That is if you don’t want the smell of baked goods as your perfume. But read on to learn about the interestingly amusing history of this baking partner.
Baking Aprons: Where Did They Come From?
You might think that something like this might be insignificant. Or that it might have an insignificant origin. Not so, folks. Aprons were around for far earlier in history than you might think. Plus, we probably should remove the stigma that they’re insignificant. Even 5-star chefs and bakers wear them when they’re on the job. They’re really a lot more helpful than you might believe.
So, where did it all begin? We should tell you that they weren’t used then, the way they are now. The word “apron” comes from the French term “naperon.” The latter meaning it’s a cloth or a tablecloth word on the front portion of the body. Of course, the term came way later than when it was invented.
Aprons were a form of status symbol. Egyptian pharaohs used them as a fashion piece. Most of these encrusted with jewels and lined with gold and other precious metals. As the years went by, though the period in time is not certain, it was passed on to different cultures, as you might already know.
Masons, metal craftsmen and the like began using them as protection against the dirt of the materials they worked with. Miners, woo carvers, stonemasons. The heavy stuff. And many more. You wouldn’t have imagined that a simple apron was used by men and women who were professionals in the crafts mentioned.
Later on, those in the food sector began utilizing them as well. Sellers/ vendors in the market, those who were in the poultry business, cooks, bakers, etc. For which we’re thankful that they did. That’s why you’re able to have them in your kitchen now.
Funnily enough, there was a time during the emergence of the Modern Age when aprons were used as a fashion statement. Then, it became a part of ceremonial wear people would put on. It became a sort of status symbol during these ceremonies. To tell which household one was from. And to basically showcase that household’s name and fame.
The Apron Today
In the world of baking, aprons are used to keep your clothing from being soiled by the ingredients you use. On the other hand, it has become a status symbol as well. Those who wear them, especially in the cooking and baking industries, show forth their profession in that light. Even if the apron is kept clean all throughout, they still are worn anyway because of the status it comes along with.
So, don’t disregard that apron. Use it. Hang it after use. Clean it well. It means so much more than you and I ever thought it did.