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A period of mourning for a member of the family or a friend is usually marked by wearing a particular colour or style of clothes.

During the 19th century the Victorians developed a complicated etiquette associated with the mourning process.

Women's magazines of the period published advice. In 1881 'Sylvia's Home Journal' published a complete list of clothes needed by a widow for the first mourning period, one year and one day. Black has traditionally been a colour associated with mourning in western, Christian societies. Other cultures often associate white with mourning.

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