Excellent silk Ikat robe from the Ferghana Valley, Uzbekistan, dating to the second half of the 19th century.
This warp faced silk Ikat weave was extremely costly and time consuming to produce and required supreme weaving skills. The design betrays Chinese influences.
The robe is in perfect condition, with beautiful Russian printed cotton lining and original braiding along the edges over the bias-cut Ikat strips on the inside supporting the lining. Such bias-cuts were made from off-cuts from other robes, so that none of this very expensive material was wasted.
A similar piece is in the Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum, Washington, published in Colors of the Oasis. Central Asian Ikats. Washington, 2010, Pl.8, p.78.