42” (shoulder to hem);14.5” shoulder to shoulder
Machine-printed faux-ikat on heavy-weight silk sateen
Printed cotton facing
Good used condition except for scattered stains in the back (see photos) and two small ¼” holes (see photos).
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON page 94
Women’s and girls’ dresses called “kuylak” (Uzbek) or “kurta” (Tajik) took several forms. Smock-like ones with spread collars such as this example first became popular as everyday wear during the Soviet era. They were most often made of atlas ikat and had a more Western cut.
The young women in this archival photograph by Max Penson are wearing kuylaks. The family members are posing by their grape arbor, Uzbekistan, c.1930s-40s.
If you are interested in this faux-ikat dress and would like more information, please contact Susan Meller.