WOMAN'S JELAK (ATRSC-215)

Uzbekistan, circa 1960s-70s


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Samarkand region, Uzbekistan

32.5” length – shoulder to hem (not including false sleeves)

Silk atlas ikat

Silk multi-colored cross-stitch hand-embroidery

Black machine-embroidery

Metal spangles; pearl, glass & plastic buttons; tiny glass beads

Hand-braided trim on false sleeves; cotton tassels

Lined with printed cotton

Excellent condition

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.

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