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Coverlet

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Coverlet
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1880 - 1900
Dimensions: L 232 cm x W 153 cm
Materials: Silk; cotton
Techniques: Warp-faced; warp ikat; plain woven; printed; padded; quilted; hand-sewn
ID Number: T94.2013
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

During the 19th and early 20th in the oasis cities of Central Asia, brightly coloured ikat textiles decorated the homes of oases dwellers. Ikat fabric was produced in the urban centres of Uzbekistan by skilled dyers.The silk textiles were constructed of several panels of silk ikat fabric, stitched together, sometimes without regard for the alignment of the pattern. Some were padded and quilted for warmth in the colder months, and lined with Russian cotton. These boldly patterned ikat textiles were often used as a decorative bed cover for the wedding night. Silk ikat fabrics were also used as hangings to cover mud walls, as curtains for doorways and as tent walls for festive outdoor gatherings.