Gentleman's striped silk chapan
This traditional robe from Afghanistan is difficult to date because the classic shape has been produced for centuries. It was purchased over 35 years ago from a collection of antique textiles.
The chapan is fashioned from silk satin cloth woven with alternating stripes of wine-and-gold chevrons and plain ivory. The back is fully lined with ivory cotton; the fronts are partially lined.
The inside is bordered with burgundy cotton. The neckline and cuffs are outlined with bronze colored, braided silk trim. Completely hand-stitched with small neat stitches, the chapan has one interior chest pocket.
The condition is very good to excellent. There is slight wear in the fabric around the neckline—a minor flaw.
It measures: 42" chest, 25" sleeve length, and 58" from shoulder to hem.