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Item Details
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Title
Petticoat
Work Type
petticoats, trousseaux
Date
1946
Material
Nylon petticoat with lace trim
Description

This wedding trousseau petticoat was made by the bride-to-be of an Royal New Zealand Air Force pilot just after the Second World War, at a time when fabric for new clothing (particularly silk) was scarce. Parachute nylon is soft and light (but very strong) and made a good replacement for silk (which would have been more desirable for a wedding trousseau). It was also a way for the bride to honour the war service of her husband-to-be, and may have been part of the tradition ofbrides wearing 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'. At the beginning of the war parachutes were typically silk, but by the 1940s nylon had been developed for use in fabric and other supplies. Nylon was made by Du Pont and became a significant war material from February 1942.Parachute canopies took about 65 metres of fabric to make, so were an extensive source of recyclable material for clothing and other home textiles once no longer of use to the Air Force.

Repository
Collection: History
Gift of the Gale Family, 2010
Accession Number
Subject
Parachutes;War;World War II
Source
Image and original data provided by Museum of New Zealand - Te Papa Tongarewa
File Properties
File Name
TePapa_L01_MA_I201768_TePapa_Petticoat_full.jpg
SSID
27028074

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