50” (shoulder to hem) x 75” (cuff to cuff) – cut full
Heavy silk with fine horizontal ribbing; pronounced moire finish
Fully lined with Russian printed-cotton
Silk woven-stripe facings
Black cotton binding with machine-embroidery (probably not original to the robe)
Good condition except for scattered stains (The most obvious being the light-colored one on the front panel. The lining cotton is in excellent condition (no stains). All fabrics are strong.
Solid-color all-silk robes, such as this example, tend to appear less in shops and museum collections than their showier ikat counterparts. But open them up and a richly patterned world is revealed, usually one with beautiful imported Russian cotton prints such as this dramatic example. The red and black are favorite Russian colors – the pattern is a simulated classical woven brocade or damask.
This handsome woman’s robe is cut very full as it would have been worn over layers of other robes. It is quilted and padded with cotton wool for extra warmth. The sleeves were made extra long in order to conceal the hands as custom dictated. They also served to keep one’s hands warm in winter.
If you are interested in this robe and would like more information, please contact Susan Meller.