Tadjik Ikat Coat, Central Asia, 19th Century

Ikat coats should be beautiful and brilliantly colored as this one is.  The Tadjik attribution is based upon the horizontal bands of design colored in blue and purple, a color combination in which many complete coats appear which are immediately attributable to the Tadjiks, rather than Uzbeks.

The use of cotton warps, creating a slightly textured appearance to the surface of the silk, is a feature thought to identify earlier, ie. 19th century ikat, as opposed to an all silk structure that is thought to be later.

The condition is excellent with no holes, repair or stains. All the colors are derived from natural dyes.


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