23” x 3.5” (excluding fringe)
Handwoven silk stripes and imported wool broadcloth patches
Locally block-printed handwoven cotton backing (madder dye)
Good condition – a few small holes; top left triangular patch stained & torn
These pieces made up the side panels of a “kuroma”. A kuroma 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). A complete kuroma (ATATSC-109) is also available in the ANIMAL TRAPPINGS bazaar.
A kuroma can be seen in this archival photo from the Library of Congress, taken in 1911. It shows a Tekke Turkmen family dressed in their best clothing sitting inside their tent. Sunlight streams through the opening at the top of the tent making a pattern on the woven-wool floor carpet.
If you are interested in these camel trapping panels and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.