Towel, 1780–1820. Russian. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Greenman Stillman, 1931 (2009.300.3461) | Towels such as these were used for ceremonial as well as decorative purposes. In wedding ceremonies the length of the towel was used to bind the couple together, both literally and figuratively.