47” (shoulder to hem) x 48” (cuff to cuff)
Silk warp/cotton weft handwoven alacha stripe
Body lined with Russian printed-cotton and plain off-white cotton inside the sleeves
Silk loop-manipulation trim; a few worn spots on the trim
Good original condition; glazing still visible on alacha; some areas of whitish discoloration on the back and on the front shoulder (see detail photo of front area with small hole)
Illustrated in SILK and COTTON page 42
Khorezm was historically a large Empire in western Central Asia bordering the Aral Sea that at one point belonged in part to the Khanate of Khiva. In 1924 it was incorporated into the Soviet Union and the Khanate was divided between the Turkmen SSR, Uzbek SSR and Karakalpakstan. This is a typical robe of the region that would have been worn by Uzbeks and Karakalpaks.
Robes from this area are characterized by dense machine-quilting in narrow vertical rows which created a distinctive and very sturdy robe.
The lining of this robe (hidden from everyone but the woman who wore it) with its out-sized pink roses is in striking contrast to the relatively somber outer stripes.
If you are interested in this robe and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.