The History of Bathrobes

The History of Bathrobes

Published on Oct 30th 2014

The History of BathrobesRobes have long been used for multiple functions throughout history. The word “robe” is derived from the French term meaning “a woman’s dress,” and was set apart from cloaks and capes due to its attached sleeves. Don’t take it personally, though. Men, don’t be shy—we know you love a good robe, too! The beauty of the bathrobe is that is has evolved throughout the years.

Robes Throughout the Years

Traditional silk, embroidered, Chinese robes were once a signifier of wealth, prosperity, and lineage worn by dynasties. These beautiful, intricate pieces were a large factor regarding one’s place in society.

Japan’s rich and flourishing textile industry popularized the traditional kimono (a traditional Japanese robe). Kimonos have been a great inspiration for many modern robes found in the United States and abroad.

Today’s well-loved post-shower, pre-sleeping attire is frequently referred to as a:

    • Bathrobe
    • Robe
    • Housecoat
    • Dressing Gown

And, the most common fabrics used in today’s industries are:

    • Cotton
    • Silk
    • Microfiber
    • Wool
    • Nylon

Manufacturers often choose to design flannel, terry, velour, and waffle style fabrics, and the most popular collar styles are shawl, kimono, and hooded — all of which can be found through Boca Terry!

A Few Fun Facts

The English word for “robe” can also refer to:

    • Academic regalia (A.K.A graduation gown)
    • Judge’s attire
    • Religious Attire (such as the robes worn by Monks and the Cassocks worn by priests in the Roman Catholic Church).

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