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Description

Loose-fitting quilted robe made from three-colour (red, yellow and white) silk and cotton ikat fabric. The robe falls in an A-line silhouette. The fabric has a dyed silk warp and white cotton weft and has been woven in narrow widths, which are pieced together to form the various parts of the garment. The fabric has a narrow blue selvage which shows occasionally in some of the seams and a slight sheen. Facings along the edges at the center front and around the neckline are made of a multi-coloured striped cotton textile, cut on the bias. The robe is lined with machine printed red cotton textile, with a small repeated grey-blue floral motif. Hand stitched and quilted.

History Of Use

Worn at rituals and celebrations; was part of daily apparel in the 18c and 19c.

Narrative

According to Clarke Abbott of Tradewinds Antiques, the person who collected this piece lived in Kabul in the early 1960s, doing ambassadorial work. He traveled widely throughout the area. He was killed in an automobile accident there, and no further information is available about him or his collection. The piece was subsequently acquired by Tradewinds Antiques in Vancouver at an unknown date, and the Museum of Anthropology purchased it in 1984, when the business was liquidating its stock.

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