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Coat

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Coat
Local Name: paranja
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Northern Afghanistan
People: Uzbek
Period: Early to mid 20th century
Date: 1920 - 1940
Dimensions: L 159 cm x W 53 cm
Materials: Silk; cotton
Techniques: Warp ikat; plain woven; printed; embroidered; hand-sewn
ID Number: T87.0112
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada purchase

Women in Uzbekistan and Northern Afghanistan wore this outdoor veiling garment (paranja) in traditional colours of dark blue, green and grey – colours considered appropriately modest by local tradition. By the end of the 19th century, wealthy women began wearing silk ikat and striped fabrics (prior to this, only members of the court were allowed), and coats were produced in bright colours – yellow, light blue and even pink.