This Dress Survived for More Than Three Centuries at the Bottom of the Sea

Divers found an almost perfectly preserved dress in the remains of a ship that sank off the Netherlands in the 1600s. Researchers are trying to figure out who owned the garment.

The year is roughly 1650. A merchant ship — carrying goods, passengers and a highly expensive silk satin dress that will centuries later become a topic of fascination — sinks off the Dutch island of Texel.

Sand soon covered the shipwreck, which was largely forgotten until 2014, when Dutch amateur divers found the dress, almost perfectly preserved, and brought it to dry land. The divers also found a different, silver dress, book covers and what appeared to be 17th-century women’s

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