53.5” x 40.5” (not including fringe)
Felted wool broadcloth and silk hand-woven stripes patches
Backed with local hand-blocked and hand-woven cotton (all the backing sections are pieces of unseamed cloth)
Fair to poor condition; some patches damaged; no moth holes, stains, or color runs
Lots of good period fabrics for restoration projects.
Called a “kuroma”, this trapping was one of a pair that hung down on each of the camel’s flanks in a Turkmen bridal procession. They were usually backed with a variety of different fabrics, such as Russian printed cotton; Turkmen handwoven stripes (alacha); or local block-printed cotton (chit) – as in this example.
This trapping has condition issues, however it still looks attractive enough to display – or if taken apart, can be used to restore other Turkmen pieces.
If you are interested in this camel trapping and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.