By Craig Massey, Public Info/Media Relations New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum

There is a story behind every one of many 11,000-plus objects within the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s (NMFRHM) assortment. One of many extra attention-grabbing tales belongs to a marriage costume donated not too long ago.

In September 1947, Anna Beth Ewing of Lordsburg, New Mexico married Baylus Cade Jr. of Las Cruces. Ewing was raised on a ranch south of Lordsburg and there was little cash for a marriage robe. Her mom, Hazel, purchased a World Warfare II surplus parachute product of white parachute silk. There was no electrical energy on the ranch, so Hazel took the parachute materials and sewed a costume collectively on a treadle stitching machine.

In 1997 – 50 years later – Ewing’s granddaughter, Mariah Cade, was married in the identical costume. The costume is now being saved in NMFRHM’s collections room.

“The outstanding situation of the marriage costume makes this an exquisite addition to our textile assortment,” stated NMFRHM Curator of Collections Holly Radke. “What a fantastic story.”

Restricted sources had been a typical problem throughout and instantly after World Warfare II. Cloth was so costly that a large number of ladies merely weren’t capable of afford an honest wedding ceremony costume, and lots of of them needed to improvise with supplies that had been accessible. Parachute silk or nylon grew to become a well-liked selection.

Farm & Ranch Museum collection includes a wedding dress made from a WWII parachute


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