The collection of clothes on display in this gallery was originally opened by Mrs Phyllis Faris in 1968 in a disused pighouse at her home in Cornafean.
In this exhibit
A collection of clothing ranging from delicate wedding apparel to Military dress uniforms.
Mrs Faris donated much of her collection to Cavan County Museum in 1996, where her wide, varied and fascinating collection has been on display ever since.
Clothing and costume have always served the different needs and aspirations of the wearer. For the majority of people, clothing had to serve the practical necessities of providing warmth, as well as protection from the grime and dust associated with agricultural work so prevalent in Cavan.
Those of a higher social and economic class could enjoy both functional wear and clothes for special occasions which proclaimed the wearer's ability to follow current trends in fashion.
A third type of costume was ritual wear associated with the performance of rites such as birth, marriage and death, which was often worn by successive generations, while a fourth category was the uniform which imposed a sense of group identity along with related values of loyalty and obedience.
The clothes and artefacts on display in the Pighouse Gallery reflect a way of life familiar to those of a higher class, and in this room, you can enjoy the fantastic craftsmanship involved in the production of these clothes and other artefacts.