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Patched Dress
Costume, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Patched Dress

Date: about 1860
Catalog #: 1995.0058.002    Accession #: 1995.0058
Credit: Costume, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 63" H x 36" W x 36" D

Physical Description

Printed cotton with heavily patching.

General History

With Southern ports being blockaded by the Union, the supply line of goods was cut. This prevented new materials from being imported from Europe, such as fabric. Clothing was patched and altered to extend its usefulness. A woman performing nursing tasks would have chosen her least ornate frock and done away with hoops or layers of petticoats.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: Civil War
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