Friday, 23 November 2012

Chapan of Uzbekistan -Mana Mana Crafts

Antique Chapan at the Museum in Bukhara 

Chapan is a coat worn over clothes usually during the winter months.Usually worn by men, these coat are made of silk or cotton fabrics woven in many different colors & patterns. 
It is worn in Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan etc.
Today the robe is heavily quilted but for special occasions to honor individuals gold embroidered velvet and more elaborate designs are commissioned. In Uzbekistan the multicolored silk cloth known as Khan Atlas or King of Satins is created from a dyeing & weaving technique called Ikats. 

You can see  good collections of the old & antique Chapan at the Museum near the Sitorai Moxi Khosa or the Summer Palace of the Emir of Bukhara.
Nearer to home, perhaps at the Kuala Lumpur Islamic Museum you can see some of these beautiful Chapan on display together with other exhibits from Central Asia. I must say, they do have beautiful display at the Islamic Museum in Kuala Lumpur

ASk Pipah go mana mana !

1 comment:

  1. kak.. nanti kalau senang2.. i ajar u letakkan gambar tu.. biar sikit teratur.. ok kan..