09 February 2010

Colonial Dress on the Frontier





My protagonist buys a dress like this for his wife when he comes to Williamsburg. Most women on the frontier did not dress in such fancy attire. Simple dresses suitable for the many demands of frontier living were more appropriate. Homespun fabric, rather than expensive imported English cloth, was used with plant-based dyes to impart color. My hero decides his lovely wife must have a beautiful dress like this and follows several women around until he ascertains where they have purchased their finery. This is a lovely gown, don't you agree?

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