Uzbek Robes

The Uzbek “chapan” is an Uzbek robe or coat which is worn over clothes.

In ancient Uzbekistan the higher classes wore chapans made of silk or a mixture of silk and cotton.  The most beautiful were made of Central Asian “ikat”.   For more information, see our section on ikat.

Robes worn for more than a milennium

Research on silk robes from Uzbekistan indicates that they have been worn for more than a millenium.Antique Uzbek Chapan Robe Textile Silk

Uzbek craftsmen and artists extracted the vegetable dyes, created the fantastic designs and spun and wove the silk and cotton thread.  Robes with ikat patterns are among the most beautiful.