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Silk Nightgown Made from a Parachute

Object Number: R16040

A unique nightgown made from the silk from parachutes at Walsall in England during World War II.  This is a cream full-length nightgown with smocking on the front, daisies embroidered on the yoke and the cuffs of the long sleeves, and one pink crocheted button at the base of the “V” neckline.  As the parachute was joined in many places the nightgown has also been made from many different pieces sewn together.

Fabrics were scarce during the war, so the women rescued the parachutes and treasured the silk, creating many items from them, including wedding gowns, bags, and clothing. This nightgown was donated by Rosemary Farrington in 2015.