47” length; 15” shoulder seam to shoulder seam
All-silk “atlas” ikat with a soft silky hand
Printed floral cotton facing
5 round white decorative plastic buttons
Removable shoulder pads
Good used condition – some scattered stains in one area of front ruffle, but hardly noticeable in the folds and pattern of the fabric.
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON page 96
Women’s and girls’ dresses called “kuylak” (Uzbek) or “kurta” (Tajik) took several forms. Smock-like ones with spread collars first became popular as everyday wear during the early decades of the Soviet era. Later on dresses often featured short sleeves and fanciful collar treatments like this example. They were most often sewn from machine-made silk “atlas” ikat in a seemingly endless array of patterns.
The term “atlas” refers to a silk warp/silk weft satin-weave fabric. Most “atlas” ikat from this era was produced in large Soviet-built textile combines in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
The young women in this photograph from an Uzbek fashion magazine (1975) are wearing atlas ikat dresses in the latest styles.
If you are interested in this dress and would like more information, please contact Susan Meller.