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Chapan from Uzbekistan, Late Nineteenth Century

Chapan from Uzbekistan, late 19th century. Chapan from Uzbekistan, late 19th century. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum London, UK, acc. no. T.61-1925.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, holds a late nineteenth century, densely decorated chapan (coat without front fastenings) from what is now Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The coat, measuring 144 x 98 cm, is made of plain weave cotton with silk thread embroidery, and lined with a silk (resist-dyed) ikat material.

The coat is densely decorated with stripes with floral motifs densely embroidered in cross stitch. A band of green and white tablet-woven material has been sewn on, forming an edging. 

See also: large embroidered cover from UzbekistanUzbek embroidered clothing (Afghanistan)

See also the TRC digital exhibition Dressing The Stans: Textiles, Dress and Jewellery from Central Asia (TRC, Leiden, 2017).

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 18th June 2016).


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