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[Dress with flower skirt]

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The dress outfit has a white cotton dress (2003.0032.0375a), amd two white cotton slips(2003.0032.0375b&c).
These items represent a medley of traditional Bahia folkloric dress. It cannot be determined with any specificity that they are part of the same costume, but it is without a doubt that they originate from Bahia in Brazil, and that they are examples of traditional garments as worn by common people in the early 1940s. The white cotton dress with lace decoration shows traditional handiwork adornment for a piece of Brazilian woman's clothing. The floral-printed skirt displays the bright colors and patterns and simple design typical of that region, and of that time. The simplicity of the construction of the skirt speak to the commonness of the garment, and would seem to indicate its use as an item of daily-wear clothing.
Dr. Turner likely brought these items home from Bahia after spending time ther ein the early 1940s.
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