What a pity that men lost the habit of wearing bathrobes and gave it to women. But no one looks as intelligent and majestic as a representative of the stronger sex in a beautiful long robe over a shirt. What if it's an Uzbek chapan robe?
What is this
Chapan - original Uzbek, national men's clothing in the form of a robe, decorated with artistic sewing, characteristic of each region. It has wide, loose sleeves that cover the hands. The length of the garment is below the knee. The dressing gown does not have buttons and a collar, it is tied with a waist scarf. High vertical slits are made on the sides of the clothes for a wide free step.
Embroidered with original patterns, with floors overlapping each other, the robe emphasizes the line of the shoulders and narrows the male silhouette down. A representative of the stronger sex, dressed in a chapan, involuntarily arouses respect, admiration and interest in his person.
What to wear a bathrobe with
Uzbek chapan, according to tradition, is worn over a shirt with a straight cut, with a round collar "under the neck" and wide trousers, narrowed at the bottom.
Handkerchief inour days have been replaced by a belt - leather, velvet, brocade or silk, woven or knitted, embroidered with beads or threads. This element is elegant and draws attention to itself.
Uzbek men's robes are very popular not only in their homeland, in Central and Central Asia, but also in Russia and Europe. Wearing beautiful outfits embroidered with elegant patterns has become not only fashionable, but also prestigious. And, besides, this piece of toiletry perfectly saves heat.
A little bit of history
The history of the bathrobe goes back centuries. The very clothes of ancient times have not reached our days. The reason is that this item is short-lived. But references to such a robe are found in writing, wall paintings, drawings and other cultural monuments as early as the 6th-8th centuries. There is a beautiful legend that the Prophet Mohammed, not wanting to disturb the sleep of a kitten, who was sitting in a ball on the field of his robe, cut it off.
In ancient times, special importance was attached to embroidery. In addition to the fact that the ornament of the Uzbek national robe was an elegant, decorating part of clothing, it also had a semantic meaning. The pattern embroidered on the product could tell a lot about its owner. For example, his age, origin, belonging to a prosperous family or clergy. There were also such embroideries that contained encrypted holy messages.
By the nature of events, robes were divided into festive and everyday, ritual and ceremonial (wedding, mourning, memorial). The Uzbek robe is one of the few items of clothing that has survived to this day inunchanged, almost original. Chapan has stood the test of both time and fashion.
Which robe to wear when
Chapans are sewn for all seasons:
- thin, unlined;
- insulated, thinly lined;
- warm, lined with wadding.
Thin chapans are a bit unnatural for their historical essence. Our compatriots buy them more for aesthetic pleasure. They look like thin, silky, lightly draped tunics, like tents, hiding what's inside.
Chapans with a thin lining - almost the same as the previous version. The only difference is that they replace the blankets in case you decide to take a nap.
But warm, quilted chapans on wadding are champions among bathrobes. Let's stop at them.
What is the secret of the Uzbek robe
And for starters, let's remember the properties of a thermos. And in general, about physics. Not very detailed and abstruse, but short, from the school curriculum.
Did you do an ice melting experiment at school? Let us remind you who has forgotten - the teacher brings an ice block to the lesson and asks the class for options for its speedy melting. Children are advised to wrap in a fur coat. Ice is covered with a fur coat, and what? It doesn't melt.
The same with the Uzbek robe. The main function of this piece of clothing is not to warm or cool, but to maintain the temperature unchanged. Everything is simple and ingenious. Of course, nowadays it is difficult to imagine a person sitting in the middle of the desert underscorching rays, escaping from the heat in the chapan. But in states with a hot dry climate, this phenomenon is common for the population. And for many countries with a sharply continental climate, where summers are hot, an Uzbek robe would be comfortable clothing.
By the way, if you don't live in the subtropics, then a warm bathrobe lined with wadding will help you out in cold weather when the heating is not yet connected (or already turned off). And in long sleeves, like in a muff, your hands will always be warm.