Banyan Date: ca. 1760 Culture: Chinese Medium: silk, linen Dimensions: Length at CB: 54 in. cm) Credit Line: Alfred Z.Solomon-Janet A. Sloane Endowment Fund and Isabel Shults Fund, 2008 Accession Number:
In contrast to the narrow back, tight sleeves, and fitted torso of male dress in the eighteenth century, the banyan provided an ease of cut that popularized its use as undress. Its simple "T" shape reflects its source in untailored regional traditions
Suit, British, mid c. On exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Date: century Culture: British Medium: silk, linen Dimensions: Length at CB (a): 51 in. cm) Length at CB (b): 31 in. cm) Length at CB (c): 33 in.
Mens banyan, ca 1760 England (ca silk), Cora Ginsburg. A banyan was a comfortable, warm, semi-fitted coat worn by fashionable men at home. They were inspired by coats worn in India which must have caught the interest of European traders.