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The Washington Collection: Martha Washington's Banyan

The Washington Collection: Martha Washington's Banyan

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Tudor Place Foundation Inc.

The Washington Collection: Martha Washington's Banyan

Martha Washington's banyan, a gown worn over finer clothes to protect them from soiling, dates from the 1780s to early 1790s. The ecru cotton wrapper is block-printed with an overall two-tone floral motif set within diminutive scalloped circles and is lined with beige raw silk. Martha Washington gave the banyan to her granddaughter Martha Peter. It is part of the collection at Tudor Place. Tudor Place was the Washington, D.C., home of Thomas and Martha Custis Peter. Martha Custis Peter was First Lady Martha Washington's granddaughter.

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