Banyans, or loose robes, were worn over a gentleman's shirt, waistcoat, and breeches in the intimate setting of his own home. They were made using a variety of imported textiles, from cotton and wool to heavily brocaded silks. This printed cotton banyan owned by George Washington was perhaps worn by him during the warm Virginia summer months, when lightweight fabrics were preferable. The open garment could have afforded Washington some comfort as he addressed the affairs of Mount Vernon from his Study. More

Date

1780-1799


Geography


Material/Technique

Cotton


Dimensions

Overall: 61 1/4 in. x 69 in. (155.58 cm x 175.26 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1962


Object Number

W-2407/A


Colors


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