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This antique Ikat coat is from the nineteenth century. This beautiful example originates from the city of Khiva in Uzbekistan (famed as a stop-over on the Silk Road). Ikat coats were created for the wealthy elite of Uzbek society - rulers, ambassadors and rich merchants wore these elaborate coats as a measure of their wealth and stature.
On ceremonial and special occasions the wearer might wear several of these Ikats on top of each other - overtly demonstrating their high standing in the community.
Made from silk and cotton this striking design has been woven (by a master weaver) using the Ikat technique of resist dying the warp or the weft threads and then weaving them on a hand loom to create intricate and complex fabric designs.
Shirdak sources these antique textiles and rare fabrics direct from the region, discovering them during their travels to Central Asia.
Fabric: silk, cotton
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