"AINA KHALTA" MIRROR BAG (ATTHVFRT-178)

Uzbekistan, 2nd quarter 20th century


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19” x 19” (not including fringe)

2” hand-made twisted cotton fringe (2.75” of fringe missing from top corner)

Silk hand-embroidery on fine black velvet

Backed with Russian roller-printed printed cotton fabric

Good condition – some light fading to red embroidery

Lining print Illustrated in RUSSIAN TEXTILES page 120

 

Small embroideries like this are often called “mirror bags” (aina khalta).

Originally they were backed with a cloth pouch in order to hold a mirror or other small items. More recently, they were simply used as decorative hangings.

The central motif is a stylized sun disk; the four corner images represent rams’ horns that are talismanic emblems.

 

If you are interested in this wall hanging and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.

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Price: $100.00
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