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Central Asian Camel Bag

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Central Asian Camel Bag
The kilim bags of the Central Asian Turkmen nomads were woven of camel or goat hair, sometimes combined with wool, on transportable looms. This tightly woven camel hair bag perhaps was made while the weaver was traveling by camel to a new location. Called jaloors or juvals, these rectangular kilim sacks were used to transport and store household effects and goods for trade. This one has three wide bands with geometric designs on a rich red background. The back is natural camel color. It is bound on all sides with a thick woven rope, which extends up beyond the bag to allow it to be secured to a saddle or hung on the side of a yurt. Camel bags often are displayed as wall hangings. (See "Living with Decorative Textiles, Tribal Arts from Africa, Asia and the Americas" by Nicholas Barnard, Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1989.) The bag is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 25" (64 cm), width 22" (56 cm).

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