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Dress, woman's; [?]; c1920s; CT80.1345b

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Name/Title
Dress, woman's
About this object
Dress, woman's; fawn Britway fabric utilitarian dress, a-line with drop waist and three pleats on each hip.

A label attached to this dress had the following written on it:
“Worn with hardwork. Spare me a minute this frock helped to make the Catlins in the 1920s

If I could talk my thoughts would say:
As you gaze upon me, now faded and worn,
My hem all tattered and torn,
Remember, I was once fully fashioned and new,
And a source of pride to my owner too!
She wore me to church for very best
To dances and socials and all the rest,
Then as the years went by, and I was replaced,
And a new dress for the best her form embraced,
I was then worn from day to day,
And felt I was used in a homely way.
As she worked in the cow byre and stables too.
Rabitting, gardening and milking too!
My hem was torn on lots of sticks,
And with patient sewing the holes were fixed,
And now after fifty years away,
I’ve been brought out again, and I’m here to stay,
Have been laundered and ironed for all to see,
Now a museum exhibit is my destiny!!
(The shiny iron on the end of a cord
Was a thing which before I had never heard)
And I’m listening hard as I hear folk remark,
“How hard women worked from daylight to dark”’
And I’m here future generations to see,
For I’m Relly (sic) proud of my new destiny!!
By one who understands

Maker
[?]
Date Made
c1920s
Medium and Materials
processed material, textile, cotton
Measurements
l 1070mm (shoulder to hem) x w 410mm (shoulder to shoulder)
Credit Line
From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika, The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".
Object number
CT80.1345b

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