Munisakwere worn by Uzbek and Tajik women primarily in the urban centres of Uzbekistan. Traditionally the munisakwas a dowry item donned during important ritual and social events in a woman’s life, the first of which was her wedding. The munisakwas also draped over a woman’s bier at her funeral. In the 20th century the munisakceased to have a place in the dowry but continued to be used at the funerals of women whose dowries had included them.
This munisakcombines a variety of popular motifs. Heart-shaped forms appear within the double-headed eagle motifs, while paisley forms (buta) have been placed between stylised spiralling rams’ horns. There are numerous triangular shapes representing the tamar, a protective and decorative talisman that is a reoccurring motif in Central Asian art.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label