14 September: Lecture Dressing the Stans. Textiles and Dress from Central Asia by Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood

As part of the Tour of Asia on 14 September, Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood (TRC) will deliver the lecture "Dressing the Stans. Textiles and Dress from Central Asia". The event is co-organized with the Leiden Central Asia Initiative.

14:45-15:30 hrs

Academy Building
Room 1
Rapenburg 73
2311 Leiden

Full programme Tour of Asia

Grand Opening of Leiden Asia Year


As part of the 2017 Asia Year celebrations in Leiden, the Textile Research Centre is presenting an exhibition about textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia: the so-called ‘Stans’ (‘Land of…’), namely Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. On display in the exhibition there are many items including ikats, velvets, printed textiles, as well as embroideries from the ‘Stans’ in general.

The lecture will look at the background to the display, the various themes explored in the exhibition, as well as focussing on specific items such as Afghan chapans, buzkashi apparel (used in the "goat-grabbing" game of Central Asia), Uzbek suzanis, as well as ikat dresses and coats. In addition, the role played by traditional silver jewellery and garments for Turkmen women from various groups is highlighted.

Dressing the "Stans": Textiles, dress and jewellery from Central Asia

The exhibition will include traditional textiles, garments and accessories for men, women and children, from all parts of this vast and relatively unknown part of the world. On display there will be many items including ikats, velvets and embroideries from the ‘Stans’ in general. But there will also be more specific items, such as Afghan chapans (the type of coat made famous by ex-President Hamid Karzai, and which he wore during his visit to Leiden in 2008), buzkashi apparel (used in the "goat-grabbing" game of Central Asia) , as well as hunting hoods and cloths, used to 'hide' the hunter. From Uzbekistan there will be examples of the famous suzani embroideries and ikat dresses and coats.

An important element of the exhibition is a beautiful collection of ethnic jewellery from among the Turkmen of Afghanistan, on special loan from May and Rolando Schinasi, who lived and worked in Afghanistan for many years prior to the start of the civil war in 1978.

The exhibition will be open to the general public from 12th September until 22nd December 2017.

Last Modified: 06-09-2017