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Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Coat
Local Name: paranja
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1880 - 1900
Dimensions: L 147 cm x W 319 cm
Materials: Silk; cotton
Techniques: Warp ikat; warp-faced; block printed; hand-sewn; quilted; padded
ID Number: T02X0006
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada

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.