AUD $420.00

Kirghiz Hat, Silk Embroidered Cotton

A beautifully embroidered Kirghiz woman’s "chach kep" headdress or hat, with ear flaps and a long panel extending, and protecting the twin braids of a married woman, down the wearers neck and back.
Intricately and closely hand embroidered in a fine silk chain stitch, on natural cotton.

The ear flaps are lined with a delightful Russian Print Cotton, coral/brick with sprays of pink and lilac Dianthus.
There are loose/cut threads around the border, indicating that it is incomplete, something(s) having been removed.
The plain cotton, would have been covered with an "ileki" large white turban, which actually makes this an undergarment.

As panels of embroidery this piece would be sort after, however it’s near completeness increases it’s appeal greatly.

Something very collectable and hard to find, for display or perhaps even wear.

Note that this piece resembles a Karakalpak hat worn under their traditional “Sa’whele” headdress, heavily encrusted with rare imported Red Coral.
The similarities are interesting if you check the embroideries of both traditions.
But then again I’ve also just found this pattern duplicated on a painted wooden column in a Bhutanese Monastery….

Age: Early/Mid 20 th. Century.

Size: L 118 cm including head x 46 cm across flaps. Embroidered back panel is L 89 cm x W 17 cm

Weight: 293 grams