Cotton velvet and cotton
865 mm (length); 300 mm (length)
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A girl's dress - one part of a girl's Voortrekker national costume donated by the South African Embassy in 1978. The material is navy patterned with small red five petaled flowers and blue-grey leaves. The bodice has a round plain neckline with a, front only, loose collar panel from the shoulder to the waist. This is edged with a gathered frill. A line of red piping runs from neckline to waist either side of the front centre. This piping is repeated at the shoulder, sleeve join and also two rows around the waist. The long loose sleeves are finished with a frill. The dress fastens with five hooks and eyes at the centre back of the bodice. The dress has a full gathered skirt with a broad hem. Related garments - inventory numbers - 667760, 667782, 667786 and photograph of boy and girls wearing the costumes 668220. Voortrekker - a member of one of the groups of Dutch-speaking people who migrated by wagon from the Cape Colony into the interior from 1836 onwards, in order to live beyond the borders of British rule.