TURKMEN CHILD’S KURTA (ATRSC-205)

Central Asia, mid-20th century


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21” length x 24” cuff to cuff

Silk or synthetic silk factory-woven stripe

Printed and plain cottons

Printed-cotton lining

Machine-sewn

Good used condition – some light soiling on front

Illustrated in SILK and COTTON, page 130

 

While these shirts (kurta) may not have been considered as magical as the child’s bib-like elek, they too were protective. Patchwork was thought to confuse the jealous Evil Eye, driving it away from the young child wearing it. The hem was deliberately left unfinished in order to insure that the child would continue to grow.

If you are interested in this child’s kurta and would like more information please contact Susan Meller.

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Price: $75.00
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