Today on Curious Fashion Week....an old, very old Tajik vintage cloak.
Surely, you have several cloaks in your wardrobe. They're so very romantic. Perfect for horse drawn sleigh rides and wearing with fur muffs. Or perhaps for attending the opera. As you can see.......terribly versatile.
And this one.......so very special. Why every single square inch embroidered. (Those crazy, amazing needle workers in Tajikistan. No one's told them that there's medicine for that kind of obsessiveness.)
This cloak has no arms- it's meant for someone nestling it comfortably over the wearer's shoulders (perhaps while proposing marriage?). Admire the ingenious system for holding the two large flaps on the back together.
No hair elastic/no mirror hairdo: twist, wrap, tuck ends under. Time: approximately 10 seconds. Perfect for the interminably lazy or perpetually disorganized. Cough.
Look at this embroidery. Could it be any more beautiful?
A view from the inside. Handstitching. Ah, the days when things were made properly.
Simple from the front. Hangs just right. (Some darkened areas from wear.)
Fringe. Just in case you didn't feel lovely enough.........
In case you need an original Tajik cloak of your own, this piece is for sale. Inquire at maryam [at] mtds [dot] com.
More on Curious Fashion Week..........later this week -- my very favorite piece of all......
PS KInd courriers coming from the US desperately needed. Pls drop me a line.