Tea gown

Date: ca. 1891

Culture: American

Medium: wool

Credit Line: Purchase, Irene Lewisohn and Alice L. Crowley Bequests, 1985

Accession Number: 1985.39.3


This tea gown, composed of a cut-up wool shawl woven in a paisley pattern, imitates a black-centered Indian Kashmir shawl. In fact, the material was probably woven in France during the 1860s or 1870s. On the upper right corner of the bodice is embroidered "Cachemire" in white thread. Such a tea gown, intended for gender-segregated leisure, is the feminine analogue to the man's dressing gown or smoking jacket.