Uzbek Silk Ikat Coat

Uzbek Silk Ikat Coat


120 H x 169 W cm


This Uzbek silk ikat coat dates to the second half of the 19th century.

The size and proportions would suggest that this is a woman’s robe, or Munisak. Its flamboyance is due to its bold patterns and the wide range of colours: apart from the (undyed) white, there is a strong pink, a paler secondary pink, yellow, two shades of blue and a strong green and dark purple.

The fabric was made in a warp-faced ikat weave with a silk warp and a cotton weft. The binding on the interior edges of the robe is from a different, bias cut silk ikat fabric (see additional image). Pale purple, white  and light blue silk yarns were used for all the edge finishes, including the cuffs.  Russian printed cotton lining completes this beautiful coat in very good original condition.