Exceptional highly elaborate Turcoman chapan (traditional Turkic overcoat).
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Typical black, yellow and red main colours of Turcoman tribes, here shown with extremely lavish and masterful embroidery at every possible point on this rare article. Charming multi coloured silk tassles with a silk flourish at the end and very long decorative sleeves held together at the back would suggest it was worn by a man of high status.
The Nomads Tent collection of vintage and antique tribal costume. Many of these items were part of our exhibition, ‘Textiles of the Southern Silk Route’. They were acquired in the Teheran bazaar and other places, mostly over 20 years ago. Some are as late as 50 years ago, some are clearly older. Condition is generally good to excellent with a few signs of expected wear from age. Many have been extremely little used, being brought out for rare and special occasions, until handed in to the bazaar traders who may hang on to them for decades before being shown to us!