Current photo of the parachute wedding dress.

LAS CRUCES, NM – There is a story behind every one of many 11,000-plus objects within the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s assortment. One of many extra fascinating tales belongs to a marriage gown donated lately.

In September of 1947, Anna Beth Ewing of Lordsburg, NM married Baylus Cade Jr. of Las Cruces. Anna 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 made from white parachute silk. There was no electrical energy on the ranch, so Hazel took the parachute materials and sewed a gown collectively on a treadle stitching machine.

Fifty years later, in 1997, Anna’s granddaughter, Mariah Cade, was married in the identical gown. The gown is now being saved within the Museum’s Collections Room.

“The exceptional situation of the marriage gown makes this an exquisite addition to our textile assortment,” mentioned Holly Radke, the Museum’s Curator of Collections. “However to high that off, the historical past of the gown, constructed from a World Warfare II parachute on a ranch in New Mexico. What a terrific story.”

Restricted sources had been a standard problem throughout and instantly after World Warfare II. Material was so costly that a large number of ladies merely weren’t in a position to afford a good wedding ceremony gown, and lots of of them needed to improvise with supplies that had been obtainable. Parachute silk or nylon turned a preferred alternative.


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