Woman's Robe (Munisak)
Central Asia Persia
woven silk and metal thread; silk and cotton ikat lining
Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Guido Goldman
. Woman's Robe (Munisak). 1850-1900. woven silk and metal thread; silk and cotton ikat lining. Neusteter Textile Collection: Gift of Guido Goldman. 2005.143.
Dimensionslength: 54 in, 137.1600 cm; width: 69 in, 175.2600 cm
DepartmentTextile Art and Fashion
CollectionTextile Art and Fashion-Asian
The munisak, a robe worn by Central Asian Muslim and Jewish women during rites of passage, was an important part of a bride's dowry. In this extraordinarily luxurious example, a brilliant ikat is used as a lining for Persian brocade. Bold in design and costly to purchase, ikats were usually displayed as the exterior of a robe, which would then have a less expensive lining, usually a Russian printed cotton.
Known ProvenanceGifted December 2005 by Guido Goldman [New York, NY, b. 1938] to the Denver Art Museum
- "Debut: Textile Art Acquisitions," March 17 - November 25, 2007 (DAM)
- "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)