This is an incredible hand stitched, heavily embroidered, black satin kimono that is lightly quilted for extra warmth. It measures 50" in length, 24" to the shoulder seams and has an arm length of 24". According to the back story, my best guess would be that this was made sometime between 1900 and 1920.
I purchased this in Germany from an antique dealer friend who told me she acquired it as part of an estate. The original owner was a very wealthy woman who traveled a great deal with her diplomat husband. I do not know where it from. My initial thought was kimono? Japan, but I have never seen a quilted kimono, nor have I ever seen one in satin. The sleeves are the correct style, but the width dimensions are a little off. It could perhaps have been made as a dressing robe in the style of a kimono. Regardless, this kimono style robe is truly amazing.
Overall it is in near perfect condition. The black satin doesn't show much wear. There are no snags, tears, holes and only a small area of discoloration along the center of the front band where it had been folded incorrectly in storage. The embroidery appears to be machine made with some hand stitching accent. The lining is a peach/apricot color and is in very good condition. There are a couple of minor stains about an inch in diameter up near the right shoulder, where is looks like the black from the satin may have bled through. The majority of the kimono or robe is hand stitched. The only machine stitching I could see was there the band around the bottom was sewn on. I do not know what the quilting material is as I did not want to cut through a seam.
All in all, a spectacular, unique piece of clothing.
1900's-1920's Embroidered Quilted Satin Kimono/Robe