16” x 12” (as shown)
Hand-embroidered; wool broadcloth; cotton; handwoven alacha stripes
Wool tassels and braided ties
Fair to good condition; some insect damage to green wool on two hanging side strips
This trapping was one of a pair that was tied around each of the camel’s forelegs in a Turkmen bridal procession. Called a “duye dizlyk”, they were often hung with little bells that jingled as the camels walked. The dangling tassels helped confuse evil spirits and the small applied triangles served as amulets to help ward them off.
The fabrics are all recycled cotton and wool, including handwoven Turkmen stripes.
If you are interested in this camel knee trapping and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.