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This exquisite 19th Century Ikat Coat is from Khiva in Uzbekistan. Made from silk and cotton, the design is Ikat dyed in aubergine, red, yellow and white thread.Inside a russian printed cotton. Ikat coats were hand stitched using the finest materials. The Ikat process is a method of weaving using a dye resist on either the warp threads or the weft threads, they are then hand woven to create the intricate patterning. It has been loosely compared to tie and dye because of the resist process.
Uzbekistan Ikat coats were traditionally worn by the elite and usually by men. Only rulers or merchants could afford these coats, or they were created to be presented as robes of honour and formal gifts.
On special occasions a number of these coats would be worn one over another to make the maximum impression!
Fabric: silk, cotton
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