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Gift of Guido Goldman
Two panels. "The production of silk velvet ikat, baghmal, was limited to between approximately 1860 and 1910. The technique used to make this fabric was one of the most difficult forms of applied textile design utilized anywhere in the world. Most of the examples in Central Asian museum collections were acquired from the collection of the Kremlin armory-the short lengths of pile fabric had originally been gifts from the Bukharan Emir to the Czar. Almost all of the museum collections are from the period between 1890-1910. The lengths of silk velevet ikat in Goldman collection are almost all, like this example, from the earliest period of baghmal production, when natural dyes were still in use, in the 1860's. Two panels are joined to form a symmetrical composition in this very richly colored small hanging."