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  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1720s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    silk lined with block-printed cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man's informal robe or banyan of silk (red faded to pink, with pattern woven in colours), lined with block-printed cotton dyed with madder; part of which was removed before time of acquisition as a textile sample (see 1182A-1899). The lining has an all-over black-printed trailing vine and floral design in a design reminscent of Indian chintz, flowers and leaves highlighted in rust-red.

Place of Origin

Flanders (possibly, made)


1720s (made)



Materials and Techniques

silk lined with block-printed cotton

Object history note

Bought with a collection of about 1000 textiles for £700: the Forrer Collection. This robe was found in Belgium.

Descriptive line

M, 1720-1730, English; Pink brocaded silk, printed linen lining


Silk; Cotton


Block printing

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material); Flowers; Vines


Textiles; Clothing; Fashion; Informal wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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