17” High x 43” Long
Entirely hand-embroidered in small silk cross-stitches on cotton
Printed-cotton lining (most likely woven and printed in Uzbekistan)
Traditionally, long storage bags were made of woven wool pile. More recently, the bag face and ends were embroidered on sturdy cotton while the back and bottom were made from coarse, flat-weave striped cotton. The classic octagon gol motifs remained basically the same as on the woven bags. Stylized ram’s horns make up the two inner side borders and small triangles fill each corner – all talismanic motifs.
Called a “napramach” in Uzbekistan, they were placed along the back wall of a yurt or house and when filled with the family’s clothing, formed a base for their stack of bedding quilts that were stacked neatly on top.
This bold bag face is completely covered in small finely executed silk cross-stitches. It would make a striking wall hanging, long cushion, or even a set of three small cushions.
The complete bag would look like the example in the bottom photograph (ATSBSC-115).
If you are interested in this napramach bag face and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.