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Man's Informal Robe

A work made of cotton, plain weave foundation; painted and resist-dyed.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cotton, plain weave foundation; painted and resist-dyed.


Mid-18th century


Made in Coromandel Coast, India, probably for the Indonesian market

About this artwork

This type of robe was called a banyan in 18th-century Europe, but the style was worn around the world. This garment could have belonged to a native of Sumatra, or a Dutch trader living in what is now modern-day Indonesia. Dutch settlers who came to the region with the Dutch East India Company (a global commercial and colonial enterprise founded in 1602 that established a major administrative hub on the island of Java soon after) often adopted regional clothing styles, such as this Indian painted cotton, which may have been manufactured for the Indonesian market.


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Man's Informal Robe


Sumatra (Object found in), Indonesia (Object found in), Southeast Asia (Object found in), Asia (Object made in), Coromandel Coast (Object made in), India (Object made in)


Made 1725-1775


Cotton, plain weave foundation; painted and resist-dyed


109.2 × 135.6 cm (43 1/4 × 53 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Grace R. Smith Textile Endowment

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