Cool to the touch, this shimmering silk yaktak insulates the wearer from the dry heat of a central-Asian summer. Coats from Bukhara are known for their vibrant colours, medallion pattern and blurry designs typical of ikat, a process in which the maker dyes individual threads before weaving them together.

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Why are most coats in Central Asia identical in pattern and shape for both men and women?

responded: Mar 31, 2010

Posted by Natalia Nekrassova

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In the 19th century, very often women did not have a lot of outdoor garments as they spent most part of their life indoors or in the court yard of their house. To go somewhere (not far and just for a few minutes) they often used their husbands’ or sons’ coats and gradually started wearing garments of the same construction and decoration. That is how women’s coats came to life quite late in the 19th century. At least, that is how it is explained in many books on Central Asian ethnography.

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