Samarkand region, Uzbekistan
32.5” length – shoulder to hem (not including false sleeves)
Silk atlas ikat
Silk multi-colored cross-stitch hand-embroidery
Metal spangles; pearl, glass & plastic buttons; tiny glass beads
Hand-braided trim on false sleeves; cotton tassels
Lined with printed cotton
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON page 88
Very short capelike jelaks such as this date from around the 1960s -70s and were popular in the rural areas around Samarkand. Like their longer jelak cousins, these were worn by Tajik women as headdresses, with the long false sleeves joined behind. Ikat, both woven and printed, and solid red cloth were the preferred materials. They were usually ornamented with many pearl or white glass buttons, braid, tassels, and cross-stitching.
This is a particularly beautiful example with lots of fine details and a striking rose-strewn lining. Most jelaks are not fully lined.
If you are interested in this jelak and would like more information, please contact Susan Meller.