Re: NW Persian-Caucasian "Mafrash" the Anomaly?

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Posted by Michael Wendorf on April 27, 1999 at 13:48:16:

In Reply to: Re: NW Persian-Caucasian "Mafrash" the Anomaly? posted by Christoph Huber on April 27, 1999 at 13:01:55:

: Dear Steve
: I think that box shaped bags existed also to the north of the Kopet Dag even though may not made by Turkmens.
: I cite the explanation of napramach (Usbek) and karshin (Karalkapak) as given in: Music for the eyes, Textile from the people of Central Asia, Antwerp, 1998: "Bag in the shape of a chest for storing clothing, mostly made from felt, smooth patterned fabric or knotted textile." As cat. 104 there can be seen one. Kazakhs made very fascinating chest shaped storage bags from felt (cat. 107 f). By the way, cat. 96 of the same book shows a salt bag, labelled as "Usbek (?), Latter half of 19th century" (but looks to me at least hundred years younger...)
: Regards, Christoph

Dear Christoph and Steve:

I likewise recall seeing three dimensional box shaped bags offered by Afghan dealers that appear to be Uzbek or Kazakh. Typically these seem to be a bit smaller that NWP examples and to be red, yellow, brown, ivory and some blue in coloration in weft faced or interlocking plain weave with some supplementary wefting. They all appeared to have some age. I do not recall seeing any examples recently. Christoph, thanks for refreshing my memory. Michael

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