Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Tea gown

ca. 1891
Credit Line:
Purchase, Irene Lewisohn and Alice L. Crowley Bequests, 1985
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress," December 8, 1994–March 19, 1995.

Kent State University Museum. "Tea Gowns," April 1, 1997–August 1, 1997.

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