An apron is a garment worn over the clothes as a protective and hygienic measure. It was earlier known as napron but is now widely accepted as apron. The garment usually covers the front portion of the body, but there are Aprons that cover the back as well.
Types Of Aprons
Being a protective garment, it is used in a wide variety of industries and domestic purpose as well. There are Aprons for children as well to help them keep their clothes clean during any kind of messy activity.
Waist aprons cover the lower portion of the body. They are tied at the waist and run down to the knees or, in some cases, even lower. These are the simplest in design are mainly used to protect the pants or skirts.
The Bistro apron is more like a waist apron but longer. You may spot waiters in restaurants wearing these. These have a pocket or two on the front that can be used to place required items. For example, the waiter in a restaurant may use it to keep a pen and pad to take down orders from clients.
The four-way apron is a waist apron which is a favorite in a busy store. As the name says, it is a four-way apron and has four layers to it. If one layer gets soiled, the wearer can immediately turn it over to a fresh layer. It gives the person a fresh look every time, and it also keeps the job going uninterrupted.
Bib aprons give extra protection as compared to the waist ones. As they cover the entire front portion of the body, they guarantee protection for the chest, stomach, and legs. They normally have a loop on the top which is placed around the neck and a string to tie around the waist. These types of Aprons are one of the most popular ones with even children being made to use them. Bib Aprons are also the most widely used Restaurant Aprons.
Cobbler aprons are a step further than the bib Aprons. They have two sides to them and protect the front as well as the back of the wearer. These types of Aprons are supposed to be worn from the top and are tied at the sides. They are normally a little short, only going up to the mid thigh length. When wearing a cobbler apron, the entire front and back portion of the person is protected from any kind of spillage.
The pinafore is a kind of cobbler apron but with a lot of frills. These were mostly worn for the design purpose rather than protection.
Tuxedo apron is more like a bib apron. The only difference can be seen in the cut of the material. The chest portion of the apron is a given a cut to resemble a tuxedo and therefore the name. These are mainly worn by chefs.
Material Used For Aprons
The two most common materials used for Aprons are cotton and canvas. Be it domestic purpose, a restaurant, or a retail market, this is the type that can be most commonly spotted. There are industries where cotton or canvas does not serve the purpose. For example, metal workers, stone workers, or blacksmiths wear specialized leather Aprons. Where X-rays are involved, workers will have to wear lead waist aprons in order to protect the reproductive organs from the harms of radiation. There are industries where waterproof aprons are required.
Aprons are mainly worn as a protective gear, no matter where it is used. They are widely available in the market and easy to purchase. In worst cases, if you cannot get one, use your towel or any old thick cloth to make one at home. Might not be very stylish, but will serve the purpose.