robe is a loose-fitting outer garment. It is
often referenced as a gown. However, it gets a bit confusing because
certain types of robes and certain types of gowns can be “very" different.
For example, a bathrobe is at the opposite end of the spectrum of a
wedding gown. Although they are both a
type of gown, they have different purposes, fabrics, and silhouettes.
There are various types of robes including the following:
A "bathrobe" worn mostly after bathing or swimming. A
typical bathrobe is made of an absorbent material such as towelling, and might
be worn at home after a bath, to keep warm and preserve modesty if there is no
need to dress. A similar garment not made of absorbent material might be called
a dressing gown or housecoat.
A gown worn as part of the academic regalia of faculty or
students, especially for ceremonial occasions, such as a convocations,
congregations or graduations.
A gown worn as part of the attire of a judge or barrister.
A wide variety of long, flowing religious dress including
pulpit robes and the robes worn by various types of monks.
A gown worn as part of the official dress of a peer or
A gown worn in fantasy literature and role-playing games by
wizards and other magical characters.
Most importantly Jeid Robes.
There are other sorts of men’s
and ladies fashions that have been referenced as robes or gowns. For
example, robe d'anglaise
(18th century), "robe de style" (1920s). A close-bodied gown, English
nightgown, or robe à l'anglaise was a women's fashion of the 18th century. Like
the earlier mantua, from which it evolved, the back of the gown featured pleats
from the shoulder, stitched down to mould the gown closely to the body until the
fullness was released into the skirt. Through the 1770s, the back pleats became
narrower and closer to the center back, and by the 1780s these pleats had mostly
disappeared and the skirt and bodice were cut separately. The gown was open in
front, to reveal a matching or contrasting petticoat, and featured elbow-length
sleeves, which were finished with separate frills called engageantes.
Is a robe the same as a cape?
Unlike garments described as capes or cloaks, robes
usually have sleeves.
What is the difference between a cassock and a robe?
A cassock is sometimes called a robe, although a cassock
is close-fitting. An actual Robe is typically a long flowing garment that
What is the most popular type of robe?
This probably depends on who you are asking. If you
are asking me, the most popular would be the bathrobe.
A bathrobe, dressing gown,
morning gown or housecoat are types of robes. A
bathrobe is usually
made from towelling or other absorbent textile, and may be donned while the
wearer's body is wet, serving both as a towel and an informal garment. This
sort of gown is common for being put on after stepping out of the bath or
shower. Makes sense that the word robe has the word “bath" doesn’t it.
Other types of robes to be worn
around the house:
dressing gown or a
housecoat is a loose, open-fronted gown closed
with a fabric belt that is put on over nightwear on rising from bed, or, less
commonly today, worn over some day clothes when partially dressed or undressed
in the morning or evening (for example, over a man's shirt and trousers without
jacket and tie). The regular wearing of a dressing gown by men about the house
is derived from the 18th-century wearing of the
banyan in orientalist
Other types of robes worn around the world:
yukata is an unlined,
worn as a bathrobe or as summer outdoor clothing.
ÎóáúÚóÊýý / ALA-LC: xalat; more commonly known as a chapaan) is a loose
long-sleeved outer silk or cotton robe common in Central Asia, Pakistan and
northern India and worn both by men and women, although in differing styles.
toga, a distinctive
garment of Ancient Rome, was a cloth of perhaps 6 metres (20 feet) in length
which was wrapped around the body and was generally worn over a tunic. The toga
was made of wool, and the tunic under it often was made of linen. After the 2nd
century BC, the toga was worn almost exclusively by Roman men. Women were
expected to wear the stola, except for women engaged in prostitution, who were
required to wear the toga.
What are popular textile fibers
used to manufacture bathrobes fabric?
Several styles of bathrobes are marketed to consumers,
categorized by textile material and the type of fabric weave. Bathrobes
are generally made of a few primary fibers, but can potentially be made in
others as well.
Cotton is a natural fiber consisting primarily of cellulose and is one of the
most commonly used fibers in textile manufacturing. Due to the hydrophilic
nature of cellulose, cotton absorbs water easily and is frequently used by the
beach, pool, or following a shower. Cotton
robes are especially suited to use in hot
climates because cotton tends to absorb perspiration. Also, obviously
important for when coming out from a swim or bath.
Silk is a fine lustrous fiber composed mainly of fibroin and produced by the
secretions of certain insect larvae (normally silkworms) forming strong,
elastic, fibrous thread. These kinds of bathrobes can be relatively expensive
due to the cost of producing silk. Such robes are very thin and lightweight.
These bathrobes are not particularly suited to wet environments because they
lack the surface area and polarity necessary to absorb water. However, silk
dressing gowns are the traditional choice, since they are not worn after
bathing. Silk is certainly a common fabric used in robes.
Microfiber is an extremely fine synthetic fiber, typically made of cellulose or
polyester, that can be woven into textiles to mimic natural-fiber cloth. Modern
microfibers are developed to maximize
and water absorption. Much like silk, robes made out of microfiber are light in
weight and are very soft to the touch. Microfiber is flammable. The most
common types of microfibers are made from polyesters, polyamides (e.g., nylon,
Kevlar, Nomex, trogamide), or a conjugation of polyester, polyamide, and
polypropylene (Prolen). Microfiber textiles tend to be flammable if
manufactured from hydrocarbons (polyester) or carbohydrates (cellulose) and emit
toxic gases when burning, more so if aromatic (PET, PS, ABS) or treated with
halogenated flame retarders and aromatic dyes. Their polyester and nylon
stock are made from petrochemicals, which are not a renewable resource and are
not biodegradable. However, if made out of polypropylene, they are recyclable
Wool is common in colder climates. Used to make warmer robes. Wool
is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals, including
cashmere from goats, mohair from goats, angora from rabbits, and other types of
wool from camelids. Wool has several qualities that distinguish it from
hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in staples (clusters).
Nylon is a synthetic fiber occasionally used in inexpensive bathrobes. It is
valued for its ability to be cleaned easily.
What are popular bathrobe fabric constructions?
The following are some of the common styles of weave used
to make bathrobes. Bathrobes are often categorized by their shape of
Flannel: Flannel is a soft woven
fabric, made from loosely spun yarn, usually cotton or wool. You may want
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Terry: Terry is a pile fabric, usually woven of cotton,
with uncut loops on both sides, used for bath towels and robes. The longer and
denser the loops are, more absorbent the bathrobes are.
Velour: Velour is a fabric with cut loops. Velour
bathrobes are typically made with terry inside, as terrycloth absorbs water
better than velour. Velour gives the bathrobe luxury, coziness, and makes the
garment softer to the touch.
Waffle: Waffle fabric has good water absorbency, is loose
and has a distinctive "gridlike" appearance. For most part, these bathrobes are
designed for their light weight. "Pique" is a type of waffle weave that can be
applied to cotton, velour, silk, and other fabrics.
Other weaves can also be utilized.
sculpture refers to
the texture or styling of the bathrobe's fabric. The sculpture of a robe not
only provides aesthetic appeal, but also affects the absorbency and the hang of
the item. The sculpture is a pattern sewn into the terry cloth, velour, or other
fabric that reduces bulk, increases suppleness, and yields a more graceful hang
on thicker styles. There are several varieties of fabric sculptures for robes.
Below are a few examples:
Window Pane: A box or checkerboard pattern in various
Zig Zag: A plush, repeating "Z" pattern.
Ribbed: A sculpture design that yields alternating
vertical lines of plush material and sewn material.
Waves: Similar to the Zig Zag sculpture, but with
What are the popular robe collar
There are several different styles of collars for outdoor
gowns and there are varieties of collars for bathrobes as well.
Kimono: This is a traditional Japanese garment and
the name literally translates to ‘thing to wear’. The kimono style robe
actually has no collar per se. Woman's kimono-style dressing gown with
sash, made in Japan for the Western market, late 19th - early 20th century.
Shawl collar: So called because the collar closes
about the neck just like a shawl. The shawl collar is borrowed from its use
on men's evening wear, the dinner jacket and smoking jacket, and is common
on traditional dressing gowns.
Hooded: A hood is sewn into the neckline, which can
be worn over the head to keep it warm and help dry wet hair.
Learn more about various
types of collars
used on shirts, etc.
What is the technical difference between a robe and gown?
We found a website that mentioned the following, but we
are not certain to the absolute accuracy. Here it is just in case this is
of help to you, “As nouns the difference between robe and gown is that a robe is
a long loose outer garment, often signifying honorary stature while gown is a
loose, flowing upper garment. As verbs the difference between robe and gown is
that a robe is to clothe someone in a robe while gown is to dress in a gown, to
don or garb with a gown." Again, we are not certain if this is a good
distinguishing method for the two terms.
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