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Woman’s robe

Woman’s robe

1850-1875

Velvet ikat: silk

Overall: 132.1 x 150 cm (52 x 59 1/16 in.)

Gift of Arlene C. Cooper 2009.267

Description

Dazzling ikat velvet robes, the most sumptuous, expensive, and prestigious type of ikat, were worn throughout Central Asia by men and women. This resplendent robe with a V-shaped neckline, fitted torso, and slightly flaring skirt features stylized blossoming plants, pomegranates, and auspicious curved ram’s horns, all with irregular contours of the resist-dye ikat technique.

Such female robes were culturally significant in Central Asia. Made for wedding dowries with fabric from the groom’s family, women wore munisaks for rites of passage throughout their life, as a bride and at amily festivals and funerals.

See also
Collection: 
T - Islamic
Department: 
Textiles
Type of artwork: 
Garment

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