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[Bra Rubbing] Beginners Guide To Bra Rubbings

Surely a must for every bookshelf! For thousands of years bras have adorned women the world over yet comparatively little has been written about them, even less on the fascinating hobby of Bra Rubbing. This book seeks to redress that imbalance.

Beginners Guide To Bra Rubbing is the most complete work on an increasingly popular subject. The book contains information on the origin of Bras, materials required, different methods of rubbing and how best to approach a new subject. (Illustrated)

"Bra Rubbing has changed my life!"_Darkly


Beginners Guide To Bra Rubbings
[Underwired Bra]
Medieval Grotesque Underwired Bra, balconette style with
slightly preformed cups in natural stone

Historical Introduction to Bras and Bra-Rubbing
It is now generally accepted that Bras had their beginnings on the continent of Europe, most probably in the Low Countries. It is extremely unlikely that these early Bras were constructed of animal skins as portrayed in the Hammer Film 'One Million Years BC'. Most probably they were in fact made out of fire-hardened mud. Indeed, recent finds from Iron Age settlements around Avebury in Wiltshire would tend to bear out this theory. What were previously believed to be pottery shards found in ancient long barrows have, upon further examination, been found to contain human hair, and recent DNA profiling has borne this out. Most probably the mud was applied whilst still in a viscous state in order to take on the correct shape of the breast. This was later carefully removed and biscuit-fired in their primitive cooking fires (much as we do today with fudge!). When cool, they were removed from the fire and decorated with carvings in low relief. Some of these carvings possess a rare and delicate beauty as well as shedding light on what the life of our ancestors was really like. Some depict animals and hunters, foragers, and scenes of domestic life.
Abundant natural resources meant that by the end of the twelfth century the metal industry was already well established in Northern Europe. Cast metal bras were already beginning to appear. The Great Bra of Berkhamsted, Herts. bears a very lightly engraved portion and an inscription in memory of Thomas Hulfre of London, Goldsmith (c. 1500). In England in Elizabeth I's reign, the bras were of an inferior quality, made of much thinner metal.
By the end of Elizabeth's reign however the vogue for metallic underwear had pretty much died out. New weaving techniques (Tweed Bra) and the plentiful supply of cotton and wool as well as lace from Belgium paved the way for an era of flamboyance and merriment (Chester Brawax).
[Underwired Bra]
The 'Doreen' Bra, late 15th century,
unpadded with adustable leather straps

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