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  • Place of origin:

    Uzbekistan (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cotton, embroidered with silk and lined with silk ikat

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Time was of little consequence in the making of this coat. Every inch of the garment has been covered with floral stripes embroidered in cross-stitch. A green and white tablet-woven band has been sewn on as an edging and the large red silk stitches holding it in place can be seen around the edge of the silk lining. Not only was the vast expanse of embroidery time-consuming to produce. The resist-dyed (ikat) lining would have required three separate dyeing processes to create the four-coloured effect. In addition, some of the panels were glazed after dyeing to make them darker and more reflective.

Resist-dyeing involves blocking out areas of the fabric with a resist agent, often a wax or paste, to prevent them from taking dye. The resist agent is then removed. By repeating this process a multi-coloured pattern can be created.

Physical description

Coat, cotton embroidered with silk and lined with silk ikat.

Place of Origin

Uzbekistan (made)


1850-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cotton, embroidered with silk and lined with silk ikat


Length: 144 cm, Width: 98 cm at hem, approx.

Descriptive line

Man's embroidered robe, Uzbekistan (probably Shakhrisabz), 1850-1900.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Crill, Rosemary, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson. Dress in Detail from Around the World. London: V&A Publications, 2002. 224 p., ill. ISBN 09781851773787. p. 138

Labels and date

Jameel Gallery

Man's Embroidered Robe
Uzbekistan, probably Shahrisabz, 1850-1900
Cotton in plain weave, with silk embroidery; tablet-woven silk edging; silk warp ikat lining
Museum no. T.61-1925 [2006-2012]


Cotton; Silk


Weaving; Embroidering; Sewing; Dyeing

Subjects depicted



Clothing; Embroidery; Textiles


Middle East Section

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