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Clothes trade

Frankfurt Jews were heavily involved in dealing in clothes, although there was opposition to their activities, as in other businesses.
They were allowed to deal without any restrictions in secondhand clothes.
This activity developed primarily from pawnbroking.
Small Christian shopkeepers also dealt in secondhand clothes.
In the case of new clothing Frankfurt tailors went to the city council at the beginning of the 17th century to protest against Jewish traders, but these countered successfully by offering to order their clothing from local tailors.
In this way, the Jews placed orders with many Frankfurt master tailors.
There were obviously also isolated cases of tailors in the Judengasse as well.
During the Frankfurt Fairs all trading restrictions were lifted.
This enabled Jews here to trade freely and extensively, not only in domestic textiles but also in foreign materials.
The international fashion articles from Paris, for example, included lace, feathers, fine cloth and linen.






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