Man’s ensemble; Bukhara, Uzbekistan, late 19th-early 20th century; overcoat: silk velvet, couched gilt-, silver-, and silk-thread embroidery; undercoat: ikat-dyed silk.
“The abundance of fabrics that make up the man’s colorful apparel reflects the wealth and high standing of the Bukharan merchants. The wide coats–gifts given by the emirs to those they favored–were worn one on top of another by Jews and Muslims alike.”
Source: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
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Uzbek clothes are a part of rich cultural traditions and life style of Uzbek people. In urban places it is uncommon to see people in traditional Uzbek clothes, except during traditional festivities and holidays. But in rural places they are still a part of everyday life.
Uzbek women have traditionally worn halats (calf-length tunic-like dresses with a turned up collar and long sleeves reaching to the wrists) and matching baggy trousers. Surkhandarya women most of all prefer the colors of red nuance as a symbol of well-being. The embroidery pattern was chosen not by chance, it always had magic or practical function. One could judge about the owner’s social status by the patterns, though sometimes they bear other meanings. Sogdian patterns have preserved the traces of Zoroastrian influence. The colors in this region were chosen on the basis of the position in society. For example, prevailing blue and violet nuances in a woman’s dress showed her husband’s pride of place, while greenish motifs were frequently used by peasants and craftsmen. Both Uzbek men and women have traditionally worn four-sided skullcaps called tyubetevka, doppilar or dopy, usually embroidered in white. In the winter they sometimes wear fur hats ( telpeks). You can also see men wearing skullcaps, turbans and wooly atsrakhans.