Posted by Vita on July 03, 2000 at 19:09:58:
In Reply to: Re: Binding cloth???? posted by Brent on July 03, 2000 at 18:34:49:
Thanks for the follow up re. bundling...
I think it is very thoughtful for that era. You mean a couple would be tied up in bed, etc etc, which means, the woman was given an explicit choice if she wanted this man as her husband or not. Naturally most of a marriage life transpires outside of the bed, passion is never an honest gauge of a couple's compatibility, and I think bundling gave them a good way to find out... yes, thoughtful conduct for the era we really know very little about. I am impressed.
The various forms of "bundling" were a part of the courtship process common in New England during the 17th century and probably carried over into the 18th century. "Bundling" was used to let the couple have enough privacy to freely discover if they loved each other while at the same time they were strictly supervised by their elders. The various forms of bundling included the "Bundling Board" which was placed between a couple as they were tied down in the bed. And there was also the "Bundling Stocking" which tightly secured the woman's legs together, or the "Bundling Apron" which was wrapped around the the woman leaving her exposed above the waist. It would have been uncommon for the man to be "bundled" as was depicted in "The Patriot", generally it was the woman who was "bundled", also I'm not sure how common "bundling" was outside of New England.
: : I figure if I can’t find this answer here, it doesn’t exist anywhere. My friend and I went to see “The Patriot” yesterday, and generally liked it (more on that later), but we both are very confused about something. What is that thing called a “binding cloth” or something similar that the woman sews Gabriel into when he is visiting his girlfriend? In all the books or movies I’v e seen from this period of time, I have never heard of something like this. Any enlightenment would help!!!!
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