Women's History :: Mary Kies



On May 15, 1809, Mary Kies of Connecticut became the first woman to receive a patent for a method of weaving straw with silk or thread, a method that improved hat making at the time. Many women wore straw hats while working in New England's fields, and straw weaving became an economically vital industry during the 1800s.


Mary Kies' patented weaving method created a fabric-like mat, which could be cut and shaped, making hat production of straw & silk hats easier, and changed the way the hat designs were shaped. 
Her method also led to the ease of using straw plated materials in home goods, baskets, and other straw woven items.

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