Divers find remarkably well-preserved, 400-year-old dress at bottom of sea

Divers Find Remarkably Well-Preserved, 400-Year-Old Dress At Bottom Of Sea

Time and water are typically among the greatest enemies of fine fabrics, yet a gown that had been sitting at the bottom of the sea for roughly 400 years was recently found in remarkably good condition, reports Smithsonian.com.

Discovered by divers off the coast of Texel Island in the Netherlands, the dress is a fancy one, and thus believed to have been worn by a woman of nobility and perhaps even royalty.

Though the garment is elaborate, ornamentation such as beading and gold embroidery is lacking, leading experts to suggest it was a day dress.

The island area was once a very important stop along trade routes and serves as the final resting place for many wrecked ships.

Though it is a well-known dive site, the garment is considered among the most important pieces ever found there.

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A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a marine organism at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a marine organism at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a marine organism at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a whale's skeleton at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a marine organism at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a Basilosaurus whale skeleton at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a whale skeleton at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 14, 2015 shows a whale skeleton at the Wadi el-Haitan Fossil and Climate Change Museum in Fayoum, 60 km south of the Egyptian capital Cairo. / AFP / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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