Many of us (by us I mean the over 30 crowd) have fond memories of our own mothers schlepping about the house in a well-worn apron. I remember a time when a woman would put her apron on in the morning and leave it on all day while cooking, cleaning, and doing various household chores.
Mama's apron was magickal. The pockets always held treasures like candy, shiny coins, or toys she'd taken away and forgotten. There was always a handkerchief or a tissue in there for cleaning our faces or wiping our noses. It seemed that everything she, and we, needed could be found in that apron.
Today, it seems that wearing an apron is no longer in fashion. Occasionally, you'll see men wearing them while barbecuing in the back yard; but rarely will you see the average homemaker going about his or her chores in one of these garments.
Some time ago it occurred to me that as a Kitchen Witch, it would be quite appropriate to make use of a ritual apron rather than a ritual robe. In addition, the straps that one ties around their waste to secure the apron can also double as one's magickal cord.
Such an apron can be decorated in many different ways. They can be embroidered with sigils and other magickal designs, the waist straps can be decorated with colorful buttons, or bells. In addition, the pockets that can often be found near the waist can double as a sort of medicine bundle, holding one's mojo bags or medicine bags; a small lighter for lighting candles, amulets and various charms, etc...You can even pin broaches or other special pins to your apron. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
Right now, I have a black, half-apron that I use as my ritual apron; but I recently mentioned by idea to a good friend (who can sew) and she's working on creating something more in line with my vision. When it's done, I'll be sure to share some pictures with you.