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Child's cotton bonnet

Date: late 19th Century
Overall: 280 x 220 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Cotton
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Bonnet
Object No: 00018348

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    This white cotton bonnet is decorated with a fine broderie anglaise trim. Worn in the late nineteenth century, it has a gathered crown with a piping embellishment and shaping darts at the sides of the peak.
    SignificanceThis is a rare surviving example of a late Victorian child's bonnet.
    HistoryIn the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Australian children's clothing became less restrictive. Lighter fabrics, which were more suited to the hot antipodean climate, began to be used in preference to the heavier English velvets and flannels that had been so popular previously. Short sleeves began to be seen on girl's dresses, with frills and deep embroidered hemlines, broderie anglaise detailing, cape collars or yokes used for decoration. A new wardrobe for a new century.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: CHILD'S BONNET

    Web title: Child's cotton bonnet

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