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A saye gosha from northern Afghanistan - Uzbek Lakai

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1980: item # 1101953

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A saye gosha from northern Afghanistan - Uzbek Lakai

This saye gosha (or segusha) shows the dynamic use of line and vivid color for which Uzbek Lakai embroidery is famous. Saye gosha are V-shaped hangings used to decorate piles of quilts while in storage during the day in the yurt. The Lakai are an Uzbek tribe who currently live around Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. Originally more widespread, they were also once found in what is now Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Silk thread in a combination of fine, slanting blanket stitch and double chain stitch on a red plainweave cotton. The two panels are animated by floral images interspersed with an abstract Lakai design neatly repeated. The motifs are densely arranged and tightly composed, but not overcrowded. The borders of this textile are embellished with twisted cotton fringes. Measures 25 x 75 cm on the right panel (including the fringes), 25 x 75 cm on the left panel. The back is lined at the top edge with printed green silk fabric. Condition is excellent. Estimated age: early to mid 20th century.

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