Hand-sewn to fit a young girl, this garment was probably intended to be worn during the summer months as a coverall for walking or riding. The natural unbleached and undyed cotton fabric was durable and closely woven making it suitable for summer footwear, outdoor and protective clothing. Dry dusty roads created clouds of dirt which would not penetrate or show on the surface of the stout nankeen cloth. Nankeen was originally made in China at Nanjing, the city which gives the fabric its name.
This object is on display at RAMM in the Making History gallery.