@7 months ago with 22 notes
#otoyomegatari #A Bride's Story #mori kaoru #Kaoru Mori #Mr Smith #chapan #caftan
The robe Mr Smith borrows and then is given is called a chapan. Although it doesn’t show the ikat design common to Uzbek chapan, we can see by the bulkiness of the garment that it is. Chapan are usually made of cotton or silk, with Russian printed cotton lining, lightly padded and channel quilted to keep the cotton batting in place.
Of course, all the other male characters are wearing either chapan or khalat, which is a lightweight variant of the chapan, lacking the batting and quilting.
Besides that the local culture enforces a strong sense of hospitality, I wonder if Mr Smith was given that particular chapan because it wasn’t ikat dyed, but printed fabric, giving him an edge later when he’s posing as a Russian.