Child’s dress, about 1875

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Red, black, and white plaid cotton
Gift of Harriett Bingaman

In America, plaid is synonymous with tartan fabric, or patterned woven fabric intended to distinguish Scottish clans or geographical regions. During the 1800s, tartan fabric crossed the Atlantic when immigrants came to America. Queen Victoria dressed her children and herself in tartan and many Victorians followed her example. While bold red and black patterns were considered more masculine, the delicate lace at the neck and sleeves feminizes this girl’s dress.

Accession Number: 1991.1178 - Click To Request Information.

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