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2010.6.17 -

Embroidered silk and cotton hair braid cover or bag with overall vegetal patterns on front, ikat backing, and mulit-colored fringe.

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2010.6.21 -

Embroidered dress front made of cotton with red and green with heart design. A square of cloth like this would have been used as a front piece for a woman's dress.

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2010.6.16 -

Long rectangular pillowcase, bordered in yellow cord, small cloth buttons at one end. Embroidered in red, fuchsia, white, blue, and pink silk on black background fabric. Overall satin stitch embroidery with two square diamonds with hook and floral motifs and various linear designs. Back undecorated. From Nuristan province, Afghanistan.

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2010.6.10 -

Ikat panel made from sections of two loom widths, threads are dyed pink, blue, and yellow. The term ikat is derived from the Malay word mengikat, meaning "to tie" – a reference to the distinctive technique used to create them, a complex process that involves tying strips of fiber around the unwoven threads of a textile before dyeing them so as to create rich and intricate patterns in the resulting fabric. Although united by a common technique, ikat textiles are astonishingly diverse in their imagery, which ranges from bold geometric compositions to figural patterns of striking visual and technical virtuosity. The sources of artistic inspiration are equally varied. Some reflect artistic in

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.

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2010.6.13 -

Embroidered cotton dress trim from Uzbekistan. Trim like this would be used to decorate the front edge outer garments worn by women. It would be tacked to a coat or dress and removed for washing.

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2010.6.14 -

Embroidered silk and cotton dress trim from Uzbekistan. Trim like this would be used to decorate the front edge of a woman’s dress, it would be tacked to outer garments then removed for washing.

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2010.6.15 -

Cotton embroidered pillow cover with printed cotton backing fabric.

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2010.6.19 -

Tasseled tent decoration with cross-stitch embroidery. Pieces like this would be hung anywhere in an Uzbek tent or house.

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2010.6.20 -

Square white cotton prayer cloth with red, yellow, blue and green embroidery. Imagery includes a pair of hands, triangles, and plant forms, the hem is finished with black zigzag stitch. Traditionally made by Shiite Hazara women. Used to wrap the mohr/turbah (prayer stone), made from terracotta brought from Karbala, Iraq. Hands, fingers and combs: the hand motif protects against spells and the evil eye while the comb protects birth and marriage.

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2010.6.22 -

Kungrat embroidered wall decoration Ilgich, small square and shield-shaped decorative embroideries, are used as part of a dowery and to decorate a home. This ilgich has a central spiral-edged medallion surrounded by four saw tooth-edged horn figures with an outer band of simpler shapes. It is unlined with raw edges.

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2010.6.24 -

Patchwork cloth, edged in floral print; outer border of plain red material; outer field of patchwork diamonds bordered by narrow bands of multi-colored saw-tooth patchwork and embroidery on white; center field of various materials including ikat. Created in Afghanistan of an Uzbek design.

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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.”

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2010.6.8 -

Tasseled tent decoration with cross-stitch embroidery. Pieces like this would be hung anywhere in an Uzbek tent or house. In this example the long elaborate tassels have a decorative knot often referred to as a Turkish knot.

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98.4.10 -

Two tent band fragments from Qataghan Uzbek tribe in Northeastern Afghanistan from the late 19th century. The bands are wool flat weave in red, black, brown, and white with decoration that depicts jewelry designs. “The begs, or nobility, of the Qataghan Uzbek were the de facto rulers of large tracts of present-day Afghanistan, dominating settled Turk and Tajik peoples through a loose system of chiefdoms under the beg of Kunduz” Kate Fitz Gibon and Andrew Hale, "Uzbek Embroidery in the Nomadic Tradition," 2007.

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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.