Girl's Pink Crocheted Dress

Girl's Pink Crocheted Dress

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Description
This small dress was hand crocheted for Lois Akiko Sakahara. She was a little girl when she was in the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center. There were many children and small toddlers in the various camps, whether they were born in camp, or brought in very young, they stayed with their parents in the concentration camps. Lois' mother, Pauline Hatsuye Sakahara made it while she and her daughter were incarcerated. Sewing classes were often taught in War Relocation Centers. This turned out to be a crucial skill to learn while in camp because the Japanese Americans were impoverished in their imprisonment. Making and mending clothes was a common and very important skill to learn while living in the incarceration camps. Japanese Americans were forced to make many things such as clothes to try to make their lives as normal as possible.
Object Name
dress
date made
1944
place made
United States: Wyoming, Heart Mountain
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 18 1/2 in x 18 in x 1/4 in; 46.99 cm x 45.72 cm x.635 cm
ID Number
2015.0104.01
accession number
2015.0104
catalog number
2015.0104.01
Credit Line
Gift of Lois Mills
subject
World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Executive Order 9066
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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