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2002.7.23 -

This Coca bag (ch'uspa) is woven with cotton warp and wool weft in red, blue, yellow, green, and white on a brown background in a multi-stripe design, and has separately woven strap in a zig-zag pattern. Marianne Hogue has suggested that the patterns most commonly found in Inca textiles - the step, the zigzag and the rectangle - have political and agricultural significance. A visual representation of reality was a lesser priority than the aesthetic impact of pattern and color and repetition. Pre-Columbian Andeans chose geometry and abstraction as the best means to communicate their ideas, though artists were certainly capable of creating naturalistic representations of the world as can be

Image of 2005.1.1 - Unknown

2005.1.1 - Unknown

Hand-woven camel saddle-bag, flat weave geometric pattern on front with long tassels along bottom edge.

Image of 2010.6.11 -

2010.6.11 -

Wool tent bag from Baluchistan, front flat weave with geometric and spiral wave pattern; striped flat weave backing.

Image of 2010.6.26 -

2010.6.26 -

Pouch with cotton backing fabric, silk embroidery, and a long tie cord, similar to a khalta bag, used for small personal items. “Shorter strips of cross-stitch in patterns similar to segusha (V-shaped forms) are folded in half and stitched together to form small pouches. A long string, sometimes tasseled, is attached to the top, to close the bag or tie it to a belt. The pouches are used to carry tea, cosmetics and other small personal items; for sewing materials, small enough to be carried over the shoulder or in a pocket; for holding money, salt, or mirrors. The patterns of authentic pouches are made to fit the bag's shape, while many spurious ones are constructed from cut down segusha.”

Image of 98.4.11 -

98.4.11 -

Wool pile weave Yomut tent bag with guls in dark and light blue. Small designs at lower center; running dog and bull horns.

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98.4.12 -

Central Anatolia, Konya, Yuruk, nomadic pillow, late 19th century, decorated with drynaks (latch hook diamonds) and rams horns. Though textiles like this are richly embellished many of them also serve as functional containers, for holding or carrying food, clothes, and utensils, and double as cushions. This weaving features a shape and style typical of nomadic weavings, with thick, soft pile, strong dyes, and an array of drynaks, within and around the central gül (medallion) form.

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98.4.14 -

Side panel of bedding bag from the Shahsavan tribe, Azerbaijan, with decorative bands, rhomboids, and bull designs. The nomadic Shahsavan tribe are Azeri-Turkish speaking pastoralists who migrate between the steppe of Azerbaijan in the winter and Mount Sabalan in the northwest of Iran in the summer.

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98.4.15 -

Turkmen or Baluch storage bag, the front panel is thick pile weave with geometric pattern; backing is striped flat weave. Loops at top for closure, embellished with substantial woolen tassels, glass beads and shells. When not in use transporting a nomadic family’s goods, storage bags (chuval) often decorate the tent interior. They are used for storing clothes in the bedding pile or holding dishes and utensils while hung on the lattice structure of the yurt wall. A traditional hanging chuval is made of carpet or dark wool cloth; the bottom part is decorated with a fringe and tassels. Note the ashik symbols in this weaving.