Woman’s Mantle (Chyrpy)

late 1800s–early 1900s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Traditional costumes in central Asia have distinctive characteristics that indicate ethnicity, age, and class. One of the oldest examples is a woman’s coat with false sleeves attached on the back and worn over the head. This silk coat in yellow, the color worn by middle-aged women, is elaborately decorated with popular stylized tulips embroidered in chain stitch. Worn consistently by a newlywed, the coat was later only used on special occasions. Although women made and embroidered garments at home, this expensive luxury mantle was professionally made and sold in the marketplace.

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  • Title: Woman’s Mantle (Chyrpy)
  • Date Created: late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 119.4 x 75 cm (47 x 29 1/2 in.)
  • Provenance: Dr. E.B. and Mrs. Joan C. Long, Bath, OH, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Garment
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2010.192
  • Medium: Exterior: silk; plain weave; embroidery: chain stitch Trim: silk; tablet-woven with fringe Lining: cotton; plain weave, block printed
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Central Asia, Turkmenistan, Tekke tribe
  • Credit Line: Gift of E.B. and Joan C. Long
  • Collection: Textiles
  • Accession Number: 2010.192

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