Kimbell Art MuseumThe people of Central Asia knew how to brighten the desert with an explosion of silk colors. The costumes in the #MyersCollection, like this 19th-century “chapan” from Uzbekistan, illustrate several major chapters in the history of Asian textile art.
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Chapan (چاپان) or (چپان) (from Turkish "chapghan", meaning "sawn together", from the same root modern Anatolian and Istanbul Turkish "cepken") is a coat worn over clothes, usually during the cold winter months. Usually worn by men, these coats are adorned with intricate threading and come in a variety of colors and patterns. It is worn in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstanand Kyrgyzstan. A chapan cape was often worn by former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.