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Man’s silk ikat long-sleeved robe. The silk taffeta textile is boldly patterned in red and off-white. A-line silhouette. The front opening, cuffs, hem and vents are edged with light blue, yellow and tan geometrically patterned braid. The silk ikat is hand quilted onto a lining of off-white machine printed cotton textile with small red and brown floral pattern, with a thin cotton batting between the layers. A shell button and loop fastening have been added at center front, at chest level. All edges are faced with red and yellow silk ikat textile, cut on the bias.

History Of Use

Silk robes were worn by privileged people, either singly or layered with other robes.
Photographs show silk robes being worn for everyday life, but some published sources indicate they were worn for celebrations and grand occasions.

Iconographic Meaning

Patterns on the robes were drawn from natural sources, i.e., plants and animals, and varied according to taste and fashion.


Collected by Alan Davidson in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1976. Purchased by MOA in 1987, when Mr. Davidson’s shop, Terlingua, in Calgary, closed and he liquidated his stock.

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