"Mozambique" Shaker Dress and Capelet worn by Deaconess Rosetta Cummings, Enfield, Shaker Village

Unidentified Enfield Shaker maker (Enfield, New Hampshire), American, active 1793-1923


about 1900

Dress (A), Capelet (B). Shaker dress and capelet made of striped fabric (linen or silk & wool?) with off-white and dark tan stripes. The bodice has a center front hook & eye closure, long sleeves cut in the coat sleeve style, a small patch pocket on the left breast and a neck edge bound in tan silk. The bodice is also lined with a brightly colored cotton calico printed with tiny dots. The skirt is pleated with a pocket inserted at the right front. The pocket is lined with tan and dark brown printed calico. The hem edge of the skirt is bound with dark brown wool baid. The caplet is made of the same fabric as the dress and trimmed with three rows of dark purple and gold metallic braid. The capelet is lined with purple silk and closes at the center front with five dark purple buttons. Thread counts: ca 22 dark tan warp/inch; ca 52 off-white weft/inch.

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Paul St. Gaudens



North America, United States


19th century

Object Name

Clothing: Outerwear


Textiles and Costumes

Not on view

Exhibition History

The Uniformity of Appearance: The Expressionn of Commmunity in Shaker Clothing, The Museum at Lower Shaker Village, Enfield, New Hampshire, May 16-October 30, 1991.

A Life of Consecrated Labor: Eldress Rosetta Cummings, 1841-1925, Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield, New Hampshire, April 26-December 15, 2019.

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