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Woman’s robe (munisak)

circa 1850-1875


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Woman’s ceremonial robe
    Place where the work was made
    Bukhara Uzbekistan
    circa 1850-1875
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk, cotton; velvet, warp resist dyeing (ikat)
    104.5 x 164.0 cm; 118.5 cm sleeve to sleeve
    David Jones Fund 2010
    Naala Nura, lower level 1, Asian Lantern galleries
    Accession number
  • About

    Known as abrabandi or ‘cloud dyeing’, the complex technique of tying and dyeing threads with a pattern before weaving is closely associated with the fine textiles of Central Asia. Velvet ikat, which was only made in Uzbekistan for a brief period between about 1850 and 1875, is among the most admired of these cloths.

    This munisak women’s robe features a design inspired by the bold jewellery of the region. With its dazzling colours, fitted waist and V-shaped neckline, it would have been the most sumptuous garment in a wealthy bride’s dowry.

    In many traditions, the munisak was first worn on a woman’s wedding day and later for occasions which marked rites of passage.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions