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Woman's Day Dress

A work made of cotton, hand-spun, hand-woven plain weave called mulmul or muslin.
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  • A work made of cotton, hand-spun, hand-woven plain weave called mulmul or muslin.

Date:

c. 1800

Artist:

Made in France with cotton imported from India

About this artwork

Indian cotton weavers have been creating delicate, sheer textiles for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Elite men and women on the Indian subcontinent valued such fine, cotton muslin—a specialty of Bengal that was made entirely by hand—for fashionable clothing.

White cotton dresses first appeared in French fashion in the 1780s; the simplicity of the delicate column-like silhouette was seen as an ideal expression of Neoclassical femininity, a look inspired by Classical Greek and Roman statuary. The quality of this cotton was nearly impossible to replicate using European industrial methods, adding to its cachet.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Textiles

Title

Woman's Day Dress

Place

India (Object made in)

Date

Made 1796–1804

Medium

Cotton, hand-spun, hand-woven plain weave called mulmul or muslin

Dimensions

Approximately: H.: 152.4 cm (60 in.)

Credit Line

Belle M. Borland Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2019.787.1

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