Turkmen (Tekke?), Central Asia. Early- 20th century
9.5” x 5.25”
Silk hand-embroidery with very small, white, machine stitches
Handwoven striped alacha
Braided black trim
Good to fair condition – the alacha is soiled
Among the most utilitarian (and beautiful) textiles found in Central Asian homes were bags. Every one of them – from large storage and transport bags to small finely embroidered bags such as this – had a purpose. The woman who embroidered the top of this bag and wove the striped fabric no doubt had a specific use in mind – perhaps it held personal objects, or small household items.
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