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Figure 5: Postcard showing women and children in a cylinder glass factory,
Verreries du Centre de Jumet (Belgium, ca. 1910) Rakow Library Chambon Collection.
I haven't been able to find what types of fabric the aprons would have been made of, but I found some pictures of women working in a cutting and beveling glass shop from 1928. I am attaching these. I also copied the article on women working, so that you can get a sense of the work conditions. We have many photographs of women and children in glass factories, but there are so many different kinds of factories and factory jobs...women enamelers, glass packers, finishers, even designers etc. Generally, women were not gaffers or part of the hot glass work. In one picture, it sure looks like wool that the women are wearing.
For more information on women working in glass, you can visit this article by Research and Reference Librarian Gail Bardhan called Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women Working in Glass or another LibAnswer on the role of women in the glass industry.