The acrylic boom in Hungary started in the 60’s and it really manifested itself in the 70’s. Everyday objects, even the clothes are designed to be mass produced, from cheaper materials which can be easily handled so that a wider range of people can buy them easily. The housecoat, despite being used as workplace protective clothing, was originally designed as clothing to be used at home, and it was the symbol of domesticity, socialist morals, and apparent equality for ever worthwhile housewife. And so, housework was no longer meant to be done in aprons, but rather the newer and more modern housecoat – for the working woman. This household clothing managed to make the ethnic and international differences invisible, much like the school gown, since whatever was worn underneath it couldn’t be seen, with the exception of maybe the stockings (which could be tights or nylon), the “Teddy pants”, or the so called “leggings” which were quite popular in the 80’s.
The textile factories of the past are long gone now, and housecoats are only made by Chinese manufacturers.