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CoPA Information Web Site

This web site was established in order to provide an overview of the commercial Pattern Archive (CoPA) project.  CoPA is an international consortium of clothing pattern collections dedicated to preserving dressmaker patterns for garments and accessories dating from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

The CoPA Archive was established with three goals in mind:

Collect and preserve patterns used to make clothing and accessories in the home
Encourage preservation of paper patterns and related materials for future generations
Provide an interactive digital catalog of paper pattern collections for easy reference for all who are interested in costume design and social history.

The current digital version of the Archive contains over 25,000 detailed records from nine different collections in a searchable database.   Each record offers a detailed textual description of the pattern and its accessories.   In addition, many records include a scanned image of the garment and its pattern layout.

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Since  March 17, 2000

Last Updated April 11, 2000
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