Fragment of a Kaftan Back

Object Name: Fragment

Date: mid-16th century

Geography: Attributed to Turkey, probably Istanbul

Medium: Silk, metal wrapped thread; taqueté (seraser)

Dimensions: Textile: L. 52 in. (132.1 cm)
W. 27 in. (68.6 cm)
Mount: L. 58 3/16 in. (147.8 cm)
W. 33 1/8 in. (84.1 cm)

Classification: Textiles-Woven

Credit Line: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1952

Accession Number: 52.20.15


This fragment originally was part of a kaftan back and is created in the distinctive luxury silk fabric technique with silver- or goldcolored threads known in Turkish as seraser and in French as taqueté. In the mid- to late sixteenth century, very eccentric largescale designs were preferred, as they were visible from a distance and favored for parade garments.