An intriguing dress, made in India in the 1970's it is a lightweight Indian cotton, vivid purple with a white floral print. The bodice front has a white broderie anglaise lace at the chest and underneath a band of heavy, machine embroidered designs in bold red, green and blue. This front panel is lined and there is a row of tiny green fabric covered buttons running down the centre - for show, not opening. Thre dress has a V neck, the neck edge has a narrow piped border which also follows the band across the front panel. This panel is repeated at the hem. The front side includes the bold machine embroidery on top of a green and red cotton ribbon trim. The green ribbon also runs around the back on top of the white panel block.
The design of the dress is fit and flare, it falls in narrow panels to a wide skirt. The sleeves are short and plain. Some of the emroidery needed trimming, small amounts of cotton thread as has the ribbon trim, the red in particular has creased with age but the colours are still as vibrant. Otherwise the dress is still as stunning, a beautiful example of the boho style that arrived when people began travelling in the late sixties, bringing home these exotic clothes which added to the hippie vibe of the time.
Underarm to underarm 19.25 / 49cm
Shoulder to shoulder 15" / 38cm
Depth of V neck 7.25" / 18.5cm
Across hips 22.5" / 57cm
Shoulder to hem 41" / 104cm
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