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Robe ca. 1797 via The Victoria & Albert Museum - Cashmere shawls were prized imports from India during the late 18th century. They were worn with the newly fashionable Neo-classical gowns and the shawls were also made into gowns. In this example of the late 1790s, the shawl was cut in half and then sewn together to form the front and back of the gown. Sleeves of cream satin and a collar and over-sleeves of green silk fabric were then added.
Robe Place of origin: England, Britain (made) Date: ca. 1797 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Printed silk and wool shawl, lined with linen, silk satin, silk ribbon, metal, hand-sewn Museum number: T.217-1968 Gallery location: In Storage