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Natural Beauty:

The dress and shawl pictured here were sewn from Muslin and decorated with green beetle wing cases. It was made in Madras for a Barbara Morrison, a Skye crofter’s daughter. She married a soldier who was posted to India during the early days of the British Raj.

Barbara had the dress and shawl made in Madras for a social gathering of military personnel and their families.

Muslin is a loosely-woven cotton fabric which breathes well and is particularly suitable for wearing in very hot, dry climates.