Tekke chyrpy. From Iran (as early as 1800). An extremely fine piece to be worn on a woman's wedding day. Fringed along edges and sleeves, which are bound together behind the back. Hand embroidery in red, yellow, black, and white visible on inner cotton lining of a machine-printed vegetal pattern. There is evidence of machine and hand tailoring, as seen by large X stitches on either side of smooth, uniform seams.
A man's garment. From Iran (as early as 1800). Mechanically woven cotton outer layer of deep red with fine stripes of yellow, black, and white. Lining of cotton in abstract pattern. Tailoring is highly asymmetrical, with the left front side consisting of three panels of fabric and the right front side of only two. Indicative of low-value, utilitarian piece patchworked together very economically. Slits along side seam below armpit finished with hand-applied cord. Edges are sewn by hand.
A chyrpy, or woman's bridal gown. Russia, 1897. Golden yellow is a signature color of the Tekke, a tribe in southern Turkmenistan. Vestigial sleeves bound with band and draped over back, signalling that the wearer did not need to move her arms or physically exert herself. Machine-printed cotton lining inside silk with hand-embroidered tulips in red, magenta, blue, and green. Evidence of both sewing-machine and hand construction (especially around edges).
Coat. From Iran (as early as 1800). Sleeved coat with open front. Exterior-bright green ground with orange, fuchsia, purple floral embroidery; Interior-gray green ground with pink, white, green roses. Striped purple, green, white edging; metal thread embroidery along edges. Metal floral buttons secured on green cord. Note use of different material used on upper back - repair by hand is evident. Decorative metallic thread woven along edges, cuffs. Of silk.
Boot. Russian Turkestan, 1897. Slender feet, tops with scroll designs, in fine, vari-colored leather. One of a pair.