Embroidered Turcoman chapan (traditional Turkic overcoat) with metal decorations, more for ceremonial occasions than everyday wear, with its long flamboyant sleeves and elaborate metal medalions attached to the front.
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Typical black, yellow and red main colours of Turcoman tribes, here shown in the embroidery of the front panels and trims. Note the impractically long decorative sleeves held together at the back, which might 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!