Woman’s day dress - ROM2012_12634_11

ROM2012_12634_11

Woman’s day dress

Medium:Woodblock and rollerprinted cotton tabby
Geography: USA
Date: c. 1855-1860
Dimensions:
138 cm
Object number: 975.241.23.A
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry P. Kendall
Not on view
DescriptionThis two-piece summer day dress, with capelet and detachable long sleeves, is designed to show off the costly cotton textile, particularly in the full skirt that was worn over petticoats and the new crinoline cage. The finely woven self-striped textile is printed in eight colours (black, red, pink, purple, blue, green, pale green and yellow) in alternating stripes of mauve, bouquets of roses, and sprigs. The mauve stripes were applied with a striping machine or ribbon rollers. Purple was a difficult colour to achieve which is why it was always expensive, accounting for its historical association with royalty.
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