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Red gauze dress with chenille embroidery. A light open weave fabric woven in Scotland, gauze or leno, was a popular dress fabric in the first two decades of the century, it added colour, while retaining the desired effect of transparency. The chenille embroidery adorning the dress was a popular but time consuming method of decoration. Due to the fragile nature of the chenille only short strands of the threads could be used at a time to embroider with. The dress shows signs of having been cut down from an adult garment to fit a child.
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