Turcoman silk satin chapan, Afghanistan

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  • £195.00

    A silk chapan (a Turcoman term for an over coat), trimmed with fine embroidered collar and black and red edging.

    (P788)

    1 in stock

Product Description

The sleeves are impractically long for arms and perhaps indicate the high status or wealth of the wearer, having servants in attendance and little need to move his hands. The late Afghan president Karzai notably often wore such chapans. This example could be adapted to make a more practical shorter sleeved dressing gown or rather flamboyant garment for a party.

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!


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