The Uzbek “chapan” is an Uzbek robe or coat which is worn over clothes.
In ancient Uzbekistan the higher classes wore chapans made of silk or a mixture of silk and cotton. The most beautiful were made of Central Asian “ikat”. For more information, see our section on ikat.
Robes worn for more than a millennium
Research on silk robes from Uzbekistan indicates that they have been worn for more than a millennium.
Uzbek craftsmen and artists extracted the vegetable dyes, created the fantastic designs and spun and wove the silk and cotton thread. Robes with ikat patterns are among the most beautiful.