Chapan - Green Felt
Turkestan, literally "Land of Turks' refers to the general area that now comprises of the five countries of Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. A melting pot of peoples, whose lives have been intimately involved with textiles. The nomads lived in tents with few personal possessions other than a sizeable assortment of handwoven and embroidered textiles that served most every household need.
Book city and rural dwellers wore brightly coloured skates and Russian printed cottons. Young and old, male and female would wear sumptuous ikat and velvet robes with hand embroidery.
A chapan is a type of overcoat worn throughout Central Asia by men and women alike. Few stylistic elements indicated whether the garment was intended to be worn by a man or a woman: frequently, the women’s coats had tucks gathered along the armpit, had no collar and were not belted, as is usual for the men’s chapans. Today, sadly, chapans are only worn by elderly gentlefolk.
Embroidered on green felt chapan, from Turkestan.
115 x 70 cm