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  • Place of origin:

    Central Asia (made)

  • Date:

    1880s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Padded and printed wool, lined with cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Catherine Olvers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Man's coat of padded wool. Wide, cut traditionally and made from Russian printed wool quilted in vertical lines onto cotton lining with cotton padding. The fabric has red and pink blossoms with green and blue on a cream ground. Two pockets.

Place of Origin

Central Asia (made)


1880s (made)



Materials and Techniques

Padded and printed wool, lined with cotton


Length: 55 in centre back, Length: 140 cm centre back, Width: 71 in across shoulders, Width: 34 in under arms, Width: 87 cm under arms, Width: 52 cm at the hem

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/192.
Similar, though not as well drawn, as fabric printed in factories in Pavlovsky Posad, Bogorodsk district, Moscow Province in the 1880s and 1890s. Some of their production was for the peasant market and most probably was exported as far as Central Asia.

The donor's family were Lazarus & Co of Calcutta who mace furniture from about 1870 to the end of the century. It seems probable that this coat was acquired by the brother of the donor's Grandmother - either from another merchant or during his travels. Because of strictly enforced sumptuary laws, the better known silk ikat and ikat velvet coats could only be worn by members of the local nobility and their entourage. The use of Russian printed wool for this coat would suggest the wearer was wealthy, even though forbidden to wear ikat. It has two pockets, which are not a traditional feature and suggest that the wearer (the Lazarus family were English Jews) had the coat made specially for him and requested the inclusion of pockets.

Descriptive line

Man's coat of padded and printed wool, Central Asia, 1880s


Wool (textile); Cotton


Padded; Printed; Lined

Subjects depicted



Men's clothes


Middle East Section

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