Central Asia, early 20th century
14” x 11.5”
Silk hand-embroidery on black velvet
Red cotton trim
Backed with undyed, felted sheep(?) wool
Very good condition – one small area of embroidery damage
Illustrated in Silk and Cotton page 226
The embroidery is done in classic Kyrgyz lacing stitch outlined with fine chain stitches. The motifs are classic rams’ horns that serve as talismanic symbols.
The red trim may not be original and the piece probably would have been surrounded by fringe. It would have had a pouch sewn to the back in order to hold small items and hung on the lattice walls of a Kyrgyz yurt.
If you are interested in this Kyrgyz bag and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.