36” wide x 27.5” long (not including fringe)
Silk “atlas” ikat in cen – the rest of the fabrics are cotton
Backed with hand-woven and factory-made cotton cloth
Printed-cotton rag fringe
Tears in ikat, otherwise sound
This piece was probably used as an animal trapping of some kind. The movement of the rag fringe would confuse evil spirits who would fear becoming entangled in it, thus serving as a protective device.
The printed cotton on the back has an Art Nouveau feeling. It’s a clever way of utilizing a single color with thick and thin lines to create interest and movement to the design. It measures 13″ x 6.5″ and was printed in either Russia or Central Asia.
If you are interested in this trapping and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.