Printed wool paisley wrapper, 1890s
The Victorians had a love affair with paisleys. Boteh designs, borrowed from the lovely imported Kashmir shawls, were popularized by the production of textiles from factories in Paisley, Scotland.
Morning robes were a welcome relief from the corseted garments worn when a lady was dressed to go out. The loose, full cut is softly shaped in back with deep Watteau-style pleats. The wrapper is slightly longer in back.
The wrapper has a semi-fitted under bodice of tan cotton that closes in front with hooks. The cuffs and hem trim are of black taffeta.
The condition is very good. I found several small weak spots in the body of the wrapper. The black taffeta trim has a few splits. The garment is stable with no shattering.
It measures: 38" bust and waist taken from the under bodice, 24" sleeve length, and 53" from shoulder to front hem.