Festive male robe. Tadjiks, Uzbeks. Bukhara Emirate. Shakhrisabz. Late 19th - early 20th century.
One of the most honorable gifts in Bukhara was robes. By means of the gift a person who gets it was endowed with respect and esteem. The royal gifts for noble people were made of cross-stitch multicolored embroidered silk "iroki" from Shakhrisabz and Bukhara gold embroidery robes which were made by the court craftsmen. There was an eyewitness account that the Emir's store rooms were beyond description. There were more than 15-20 thousands of different kinds of robes: gold embroidered, made of velvet and silk. They were kept according to materials in a strict way. Only Emir could present a gold embroidered robe and it was worn only by special occasions.