Turkmen, Central Asia. Early 20th century

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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.


If you are interested in this bag and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.

Price: $40.00
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