Long robe in vintage Viyella cotton and wool blend fabric, black with small grey motif, mens size Medium. – to fit 40″ chest but generous -below armholes it measures 23″ across – the cut is for men but garment is unisex so fits Ladies UK size 14-16.
Back length is 50″, mid calf length on most people. the cut is for men but garment is unisex.
– 2 front patch pockets, hanging loop at centre back neck and belt loops on side seams, tie belt.
– Sleeves are designed to fold back so sleeve length can be adapted
– Light in weight (approximately 460g) so easy to pack
– 100% vintage viyella so will wash on wool cycle of washing machine
Some background on Viyella fabric:
Viyella was first woven in England in 1893 by William Hollins & Co as an unshrinkable fine wool flannel, combing lightness, warmth and durability, – a blend of 55% wool and 45% cotton in a twill weave. It was used for shirts, nightgowns, dresses and children’s clothes. It was exported all round the world.
In 1894 Viyella became the first officially branded fabric in the world.
The name soon became a brand of its own right, and still exists today but only as a fashion brand – manufacture of the fabric was discontinued towards the end of the C20th.
All Viyella fabric we use is vintage, from private collections sold on ebay, bought and carefully stored but never used. The blending of wool with cotton makes it soft and cosy, resistant to creasing and to odour, allowing reduced washing frequency – making it ideal for a lightweight robe to be worn in a centrally heated house.