Quaker Work Dress Ensemble

ca. 1790s
Linen, Silk

Quaker women in the 1800s often wore understated garments like this work dress, shawl, and bonnet. These “plain” dresses allowed Quakers to set themselves apart from others and look more unified in their appearance. This ensemble was likely worn by a Quaker woman in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Courtesy of the Monmouth County Historical Association