Robe with floral pattern on ivory ground, fitted around the chest with flaring from the waist. Frontal opening with straight facings with double-breasted overlapping, fastened by two rows of nine buttons, sewn on the ends of long horizontal eyelets. Stand-up collar and cuffed sleeves. The interior presents the front of a waistcoat of the same fabric sewn along the sides of the robe, fastened with nine eyelets and fabric covered buttons. Pink salmon hued lining.
The model corresponds to the type of dressing gowns and robes with a close-fitting cut and construction, which is believed to have spread at a later date than the easier looser model already documented by the end of the seventeenth century.
Examples of this type of garment preserved in museums seem to reach the mid-eighteenth century at the farthest. The rare banyan model from Palazzo Madama, with a false waistcoat of the same fabric, corresponds exactly to a banyan of German provenance found in the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
Throughout its use the banyan was adapted to a person with a smaller frame. The lower end was folded and fixed to the lining. The false waistcoat was taken in and made smaller, thereby increasing the lateral overlap on the front, and it was reattached at the sides and on the shoulders. The sleeves were shortened turning the cuffs inwards, thus hiding the wear along the hems.
Il restauro è stato eseguito da
Barbara De Dominicis
Le analisi sono state eseguite da Angelo Agostino del Dipartimento di Chimica dell'Università di Torino.
Cura della mostra: Paola Ruffino