Nan Prince, assistant director of collections, brings us another post in her ongoing series about interesting artifacts in the Museum Division collection.

Empire-style dress. Accession Number: 1960.326.1 (Museum Division Collection)

Empire-style dress. Accession Number: 1960.326.1 (Museum Division Collection)

 

This Empire-style dress (circa late eighteenth to early nineteenth century) belonged to Mrs. Jane Grafton who lived near Natchez, Mississippi.  According to family tradition, Mrs. Grafton raised the cotton, picked the seed from the cotton, spun the thread, wove the cloth, raised the indigo used in dying the blue strip, and sewed the dress by hand with homespun thread.