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Banyan

Date:
1735–40
Culture:
British
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irene Lewisohn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
1981.208.2
Not on view
In contrast to the narrow back, tight sleeves, and fitted torso of male dress in the eighteenth century, the banyan provided an ease of cut that popularized its use as undress. Its simple "T" shape reflects its source in untailored regional traditions.
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