Dazzling ikat velvet robes, the most sumptuous, expensive, and prestigious type of ikat, were worn throughout Central Asia by men and women. This resplendent robe with a V-shaped neckline, fitted torso, and slightly flaring skirt features stylized blossoming plants, pomegranates, and auspicious curved ram’s horns, all with irregular contours of the resist-dye ikat technique. Such female robes were culturally significant in Central Asia. Made for wedding dowries with fabric from the groom’s family, women wore <em>munisaks</em> for rites of passage throughout their lives, as a bride, at family festivals, and funerals.

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  • Title: Woman’s Robe (munisak)
  • Date Created: 1850–75
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 132.1 x 150 cm (52 x 59 1/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Arlene C. Cooper [1939-2019], New York, NY, given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Garment
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2009.267
  • Medium: Silk: velvet ikat
  • Department: Textiles
  • Culture: Uzbekistan, Bukhara
  • Credit Line: Gift of Arlene C. Cooper
  • Collection: T - Islamic
  • Accession Number: 2009.267

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