Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road

16 December 2017–9 December 2018

Exhibition Overview

Coat (chapan)

Drawn from the DMA’s collection, this exhibition showcases fine examples of garments and ornamental hangings. The works on view come from India, Central Asia, China, and Japan, with some objects featuring colored ink paintings on textile backgrounds. The garments range from a Japanese fireman’s coat to an Indian sari and a Chinese dragon robe. Asian Textiles highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between eastern Asia, India, and places like Uzbekistan. This historical trade route led to an interchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India and the Far East.

(Photo: Coat (chapan), Uzbekistan, early 20th century, silk and cotton, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Sally R. and William C. Estes, 2005.70)

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