Re: Visible Suspending Cord Attachments

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Posted by R. John Howe on November 29, 1998 at 05:41:10:

In Reply to: Re: Perspectives on the Salatchak discussion posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on November 28, 1998 at 23:31:52:

Daniel -

I are right and I'm ashamed that I didn't notice. Wendel and I have been passing these particular images back and forth and I don't think either of us saw this feature. This is a demonstration of the falsity of the American expression that "a camel is a horse built by a committee." Different folks see different things. Thanks for the sharp eyes.


John Howe

: Dear folks,

: Don't quit this discussion before attentively examinate presented here :

: Wendel Swan wrote:
: "As you know, textile cradles are suspended, much like a hammock. Like other cradles with which I have some familiarity, Turkmen cradles are, according to this source, generally rectangular. This makes sense, of course, because the warps could easily be braided into cords for suspension. I would think it more difficult to fashion braided cords on a shaped end as most of the salatchaks seem to have."
: "This raises a question about the salatchak under discussion: Given the fact that it is bound or overcast all the way around, how could it have been suspended or was it suspended?"

: Look now at the pictures:
: The picture from George O'Bannon's Moshkova translation. is very interesting and help us in our discussion.
: This is the first picture where remnants of cords can clearly be seen at the pole of the rug and along the sides, and this one was surely suspended.
: When magnifying the two pictures from Uwe Jourdan book it seems that remnants of fixation's can also be seen, peculiarly in the second one.

: So I think that "cradle rugs" were really suspended and could be used as cradle but that Wendel's rug shown here had perhaps another function. The shape only doesn't make the function.

: Best wishes

: Daniel Deschuyteneer

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