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Woman's Underbodice
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Title: Woman's Underbodice
Identifier: X964.65.1
Donor: Unknown
Item Date: 1850-1920
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Bleached white cotton underbodice. The short sleeves and square neck of the underbodice are made of crochet lace. The front of the bodice is open and is secured only by a ribbon drawstring interwoven through the crochet work around the neck.

An underbodice is a simple garment worn next to the skin to protect clothing from sweat and body oils, the precursor to the modern shirts commonly worn in Western nations. For women an undershirt or underbodice may have also provided them with more support.
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