This is a rare 1950s example of a trend which (is well documented) and was relatively popular once at the time, to make clothes from hessian bags. What makes this such a great piece, is that it’s Melbourne made. The dress has its style firmly planted in the “American style” which used Mexican themes and motifs quite readily, especially in “holiday” clothes.
This dress has a row of hand embroidered Mexican hats in orange, yellow and green wool, and a tooth line stripe along the hem and neckline. if you look inside to the reverse of the hessian, there are a couple of large sack stamps indicating the hessian was from sugar bags by a Melbourne company.
Condition is perfect. As one may imagine, a hessian dress would be rather uncomfortable to wear, and I am pretty certain it has never been worn.
what may look like dark marks upon the outside in certain spots, are actually from the ink from the company stamps on the hessian, and original to the garment. And there are a couple of other naturally occurring spots in the hessian.
There are no marks otherwise, tears or losses to the embroidery.
Metal zip is smooth and operational.
Size is an 8
length of skirt 26”